Concerns over North Norfolk wind farm will be taken seriously
- Credit: DONG Energy
The project manager of potentially the biggest wind farm in the world has spoken to reassure residents that concerns will be listened to.
Project development manager, Stuart Livesey, spoke during the first of a series of public consultations over Dong Energy's latest plans for the Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm at Reepham Town Hall on Wednesday.
The proposals laid out a suggested 200m cable corridor and potential landfall zone in which the cables carrying clean electricity would connect offshore turbines to Norwich's Main National Grid Substation.
The cables would be buried underground and potentially pass through areas such as, Saxthorpe, Heydon, Reepham, Little Witchingham, Alderford and Attlebridge, before reaching Norwich's electricity substation close to Dunston and Mangreen.
A new substation that would need to be built close to the current substation to ensure that the electricity supplied to the grid meets the required standards.
Residents who attended the consultation appeared positive about the plans but Mr Livesey acknowledged development work onshore could cause some disturbances.
'We cannot not disturb you in some way, be it traffic or be it going through the land,' he said.
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'But what we'll do is consider some sort of way of compensating or creating some sort of package which could be distributed to the community and managed between local planning authorities to benefit local trusts.'
Land owners directly affected by the laying of the cables could also be compensated with agreements tailored to meet their needs.
Mr Livesey added that the project would bring a number of jobs to the region. He said: 'We plan to use all local contractors and we'll be making a great deal of local jobs, directly employed from the local area so there'll be an economic boost.'
If the project is given the go-ahead construction is expected to take place between 2022 and 2025 and would eventually provide green electricity to more than 2 million homes per year.
Locals are being encouraged to attend consultations to review the plans and provide feedback. Further consultations are taking place until March 10. The next is scheduled for 3pm at Weybourne Village Hall.