A ‘summit’ meeting over highly-controversial proposals which could see pylons towering over the Broads has been described as “positive and constructive”.

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And the meeting has confirmed that there will be no publication of detailed options for any possible pylon route until the summer.

The National Grid has said a 40km power line from Lowestoft to Norwich will be needed to connect the giant East Anglia One wind farm, under construction about 43km off the Suffolk coast, to the national network.

While detailed routes have yet to be unveiled, it is feared that both the Waveney and Yare valleys could be affected and that the cables could be carried by ugly pylons.

That led the EDP to launch its Say No To Pylons campaign in November, which has been supported by hundreds of our readers.

Critics have demanded that if the scheme does go ahead, cables must be buried beneath ground, so as not to spoil the beauty of the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside.

In light of the concerns raised South Norfolk Council and the Broads Authority convened a meeting with officials from East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited- a joint venture owned 50:50 by ScottishPower Renewables Limited and Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd.

That meeting took place this week at South Norfolk Council’s offices in Long Stratton and council officials said the meeting had been useful.

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council, said: “We had a positive and constructive first meeting with East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited, which underlined its commitment to consultation.

“The situation remains that we are not expecting any announcement on options until the summer.

“South Norfolk Council look forward to further meetings with all the stakeholders, and to making sure the involvement and engagement of local people remains top of the agenda and a key priority.”

John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council, has previously said his council will organise and hold a public meeting when the consultation on the proposed route of the cables begins in earnest.

Conservative and Liberal Democrat members of South Norfolk Council have already unanimously backed a motion stating they would not support any-thing other than under-ground cables unless it was demonstrated that another solution was “environmentally sound and sustainable”.

National Grid bosses have said options will be revealed later this year. while promoters of the North Sea offshore wind farm which would feed the line say the cables will provide enough renewable energy to power up to five million homes.

Last month, the minister for planning hit out at “ugly pylons” which people would not want to see “march across the landscape” after hearing how the structures could be built across the Norfolk Broads.

Nick Boles explained he could not explicitly back the EDP’s campaign, because to do so would go against the principle of local decision making, which he supported.

But he did say: “What I can do is remind you and your readers that the National Planning Policy Framework which sets national policy, is extremely clear about what is and isn’t, firstly, acceptable on environmental impact.

“Secondly [it sets out] what are protected areas; and there are different degrees of [protection] and the broads probably sits in a number of those depending on which bit of the broads you are talking about, but those protections are very firm.”

You can lend your support to the campaign by visiting www.edp24.co.uk/news/say-no-to-pylons

8 comments

  • As these companies are benefiting from public subsidies, getting paid for using wind to make electricity, the least they can do is to show some social responsibility and bury their cables. There are very good health reasons as to why they should be dug in, not to speak of the unsightly stoic presence of pylons in a beautiful asset worth billions to our economy.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • You can complain about the pylons now but you'll be complaining even more when there's no power.

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    margery

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • This is ridiculous. As with anything electrical, there is a positive and a negative - + and -. In this case it is essential to be negative. No doubt building these eyesore pylons could be considered "constructive", but again, in this instance, "destructive" would seem to be the adjective that fits best.

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    T Doff

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • pink is pretty!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Well the good news is thier not connected to an onshore nuclear power plant like those at Sizewell

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    Paul Morley

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • “British energy policy”...is there one? Building the infrastructure for OUR future is essential OR should we wait for the lights to go out or the Russians to turn off the gas spigot? Energy security is essential, and companies will only invest in countries that can offer secure energy. This is the most critical path ahead to insure the countries future prosperity and I dare say that those objecting would have objected to the steam train, the canal and indeed the creation of the BROADS themselves by the local digging holes! It’s time to update our infrastructure the debate is over. We should however encourage innovation and do our best to “minimize” environmental impact.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • What about if they are painted pink, you know, sort of gay pride pylons. You would not be campaigning agains them then, I would wager.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Crazy...No one wants pylons, a couple of years ago Kings lynn didn't want them buried, No one wants Nuclear powers stations near them or Solar farms and No one wants Windfarms...YET all you NIMBY'S want Electric.....! You can't have one without the other, unless in the future you all want to sit in the dark, then you can have a good moan can't you.

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    MickB1

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

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