MP calls for deadline extension

An MP has written to a council outlining 35 key issues which he believes should be included in its formal “scoping opinion” on proposals to build a windfarm in south Norfolk.

An MP has written to a council outlining 35 key issues which he believes should be included in its formal "scoping opinion" on proposals to build a wind farm in south Norfolk.

Tory MP Richard Bacon wrote to South Norfolk Council after receiving representations from local residents concerned at SLP Energy's plans to build seven 125m wind turbines on the old Pulham airfield site near Diss. A scoping opinion is where statutory bodies give their views on the concerns and issues regarding the wind farm that would need to be addressed. A deadline for views to be received by the council about the turbines was set yesterday.

The 35 key issues outlined by Mr Bacon include potential visual impact, impact on civil and military aviation, impact on birdlife, site safety and noise radiation.

In his letter to the council, Mr Bacon called for the scoping opinion deadline to be extended and described SLP's failure to attend a public meeting at Pulham St Mary last week as "disgraceful".

SLP backed out of attending the meeting 24 hours before it was due to start, claiming it feared the number of people attending the village hall venue could compromise safety and public order.

Mr Bacon, the MP for South Norfolk, told the council: "Late July and August is a particularly bad time to consult members of the public as many people will be away on their annual holidays."

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