The date of a second public inquiry into controversial plans to build an electricity sub-station in a mid-Norfolk village has been announced.

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Residents have fought a vociferous campaign against Warwick Energy’s proposals to build the structure, which would connect energy from the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm to the national grid, in Little Dunham, near Swaffham.

Breckland councillors originally rejected the plans in October 2010, against the advice of their planning officers, and this decision was supported by a planning inspector in June 2011 and the secretaries of state for energy and communities in September.

However, the High Court ordered the ministers to reconsider their decision in April this year after ruling the planning inspector had considered the issue of alternative sites without allowing Dudgeon to make representations.

Last month ministers asked for original planning appeal to be reopened to give them more information before they make a final decision.

The Planning Inspectorate has announced the planning inquiry will open at 10am on Tuesday November 6, and will take place at Great Dunham Village Hall. The hearings could last for up to four days.

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