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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A £6m Swaffham wind farm project which could power 3,000 homes has been unveiled.
Plans to build two wind turbines off Sporle Road were put on display at the town’s Assembly Rooms.
A wide range of views was put forward, with some people saying the extra turbines around Swaffham would be a welcome addition to the area’s tourism but others worrying about the look of the landscape.
Airvolution Energy, a company specialising in small wind projects, say their 131-metre tall structures would power around 3,000 homes over the 25-year lifespan of the project, as well as injecting £500,000 over that time for community benefits.
If Breckland planners approve the project, Airvolution aims to use local construction companies to carry out the work once the European turbines arrive in the county.
Alison Hood, communications manager from Airvolution, said: “We want to hear from local contractors.
“The turbines come from other places so there is an opportunity for local companies, such as caterers, accommodation, builders and transportation. It makes sense, it’s good for the local community and good for us.
“And it’s really important we get feedback.”
She said the community benefit fund, which would be around £23,500 a year over 25 years, could create a “legacy” in the area.
The money could be used to fund any projects a selected panel from the area chooses. Anything from a sports centre to a town hall refurbishment could be on the cards.
But John Crawley, from Little Dunham, said he thought building the turbines would be the first of many more in the countryside. “I am fed up. We are ordinary people who are trying to preserve the countryside,” he said.
“We have a beautiful county up here – it’s a central part of Norfolk, and they are trying to destroy our countryside.
“The turbines should be put out to sea.”
Kalvin McLeod, from Sporle parish council, went to the exhibition to see the plans.
He said the additions would be “good for tourism”.
“It’s a brilliant thing. People are already coming to the area for the two wind turbines in Swaffham – the two others are just adding to that.”