New 100m wind turbine could change King’s Lynn skyline

The centuries-old view from King's Lynn out to The Wash could be about to change after plans for a new 100m wind turbine were recommended for approval.

KL Technologies is seeking planning permission for the turbine along with a new access road, underground cabling and associated buildings at its base in Estuary Road, to the north of the port town.

With a tower measuring 60m and three 40m blades, a report supporting the application suggests the structure will be capable of producing up to 100pc of the company's energy needs over 25 years.

Planning officers at West Norfolk Council have recommended the project be approved at a meeting next week after the environmental, defence and heritage groups consulted raised no objections.

'The detrimental localised landscape impact does not outweigh the positive environmental and economic gains of the proposal,' they conclude.

'Concerns relating to shadow flicker on local residents can be mitigated through conditions, with further conditions necessary in the interests of ecology and aviation safety.'

If the project goes ahead, the pale grey turbine will arrive by sea to the port, before travelling a short distance by road.

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King's Lynn has 312 listed buildings mainly within its historic centre and the proposed turbine would be visible from a number of locations around the town and the surrounding countryside - not least the grade II-listed coastguards cottages in Estuary Road.

But in its response, English Heritage said the structure would have only a modest affect on the setting of Lynn's heritage assets and would not harm their significance.

The council's conservation officer agreed and suggested that while the turbine would be in the same sight-line as a number of listed buildings, it would be too far away to lessen their significance.

Natural England has said while the risk to herring and the lesser black backed gull was high, it was satisfied the proposed turbine would not 'significantly affect UK or Norfolk breeding population'.

'Given the predicted mortality rate it is very important that a programme of post construction monitoring is put in place,' its response said.

The Ministry of Defence and Norwich Airport have also raised no objections.

A report supporting the application suggests the turbine could save KL Technologies up to �200,000 a year in energy bills.

'The planning statement notes the turbine will provide between 65pc to 100pc of the company's energy needs delivering significant financial savings and more importantly stable energy prices,' it states.

The company was granted permission for a 50m test mast at the site in May last year.

Planning committee members are due to discuss the application at a meeting on Monday, September 3.

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