Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 08 August 2018
From Paul Young

Representation

This development is much larger than I understood from the consultation events. We already have two substations covering 16 acres and reaching 45 feet, which is clearly visible by 8 villages and hamlets, plus our major roads. Adding these two substations plus the National Grid support station will make this area known as an industrial rather than rural area, which will impact on our economic sustainability. Tourism is a growing economy, providing much needed diversification for our farming community and this potential ‘re-branding’ of our landscape will kill this economic opportunity for local people. The development is just too big for this area and will overwhelm it, with little or no opportunity to re-dress the balance.
Further this industrial landscape will be isolated and unmanned, with no opportunity for local employment or local economy spin-offs such as infrastructure and other support services, catering and hospitality services, spare parts and local engineering support.
National Grid have already indicated that they have capacity and may accommodate more connections at their Necton site. Whilst I fully support the need and urgency of moving to more renewable energy, development of sites must be sympathetic to the existing communities. In this case, I do not feel the existing, currently vibrant communities are being considered appropriately.