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Councils join forces to oppose £200m Eye power station

PUBLISHED: 18:46 28 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:46 28 August 2014

Eye airfield

Eye airfield

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Parish councils have formed a working group to oppose plans for a new £200m power station for Eye airfield.

The Parishes Working Group has been formed by the parishes of Palgrave, Thrandeston, Yaxley, Thornham Magna and Parva and Eye Town Council to represent the views of villagers in time for the public consultation’s final submission date on September 4.

David Burn, chairman of Thrandeston Parish Council and a member of the working group, said: “The group exists because we are very concerned that this represents over industrialisation of a rural area and while we recognise that we live next to a disused airfield, large chunks of which can be classified as a brownfield site, development has been piecemeal up until now.

“We regard this as too large for that site to sustain and it reduces its capability of attracting more employment.”

A decision on Progress Power’s plans for the 299MW gas-fired station is due to be made by the government, but the villagers are concerned about the impact on the countryside from a development they feel would be more suited to more industrialised parts of the country, such as the Thames Estuary.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet has backed the power station plan “in principle,” but with concerns about the impact on the countryside.

The construction of an electricity sub-station 1.5kms away has also attracted criticism from opponents because of the effect on the rural area.

Other concerns included light pollution, a loss of heritage and archaeological sites, the impact on house prices and a reduction in the amount of land available for housing developments.

Peter Brooke, a co-opted member of the working group, from Thorndon, said the power station would be visible for miles around.

He added: “I think it is just a totally inappropriate area. There are other industrial areas that would be used to a development of this nature.”

The gas power station is expected to operate for no more than 1,500 hours a year and will feature five stacks, each of up to 30m in height, providing power for 400,000 homes.

Do you support the power station plan? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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