Go-ahead for Museum of the Broads, Stalham, green scheme

A green-energy scheme for a Norfolk museum has been given the go-ahead, against planning chiefs' advice.

Members of the Broads Authority planning committee, meeting today, approved the Museum of the Broads' application to install 16 photovoltaic solar panels on its roof.

Planning officers had recommended the project for refusal because of its impact on a Conservation Area.

Pamela Masters, chairman of the museum, had addressed the committee about the application before members made a decision, according to museum trustee Trevor Bone.

Museum chiefs want the panels to defray the costs of powering a de-humidifier needed to preserve its collection of historic documents, photos and books.

They argued that the museum, on Stalham Staithe, was in a semi-industrial location and the panels could only be seen, briefly, from the river.

Mr Bone said they were delighted at the decision and hoped to install the panels and buy the de-humidifier this year.

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