Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 14 September 2018
From Brown and Co on behalf of Stephen Peter Evan Garrett and Penelope Anne Yvonne Garrett

Representation

One of the proposed routes of the cable immediately adjacent to Wood Farm presents severe implications, and is in contradiction of publicised policy for defining the route, the key policy principles being;

1. ‘INSTALL CABLES WITHIN OPEN AGRICULTURAL LAND WHERE POSSIBLE’.
There are many options for routing the cable through open agricultural land, away from residential property. Prior to 27th April 2018, Vattenfall were undertaking public consultation on a route across open agricultural land to the south.

2. ‘AVOID RENDERING PARCELS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND INACCESSIBLE DURING CONSTRUCTION’
During laying of the cable, along the entire project length, there are many instances where fields are crossed by the cable. As a result, Vattenfall are employing mitigation works so that farmers can access all of their land and continue to farm after the scheme. Such mitigation works and compensatory provisions can be made to farmers, in a simple manner, and there is no reason why this can’t be applied to the southern option, rather than passing Wood Farm.

3. AVOID AREAS OF IMPORTANT HABITAT, TREES, PONDS AND AGRICULTURAL DITCHES
Upon the boundary of Wood Farm, and within very close proximity either side, there are conifer trees, mature trees, mature hedging, a ditch, ancient oak trees, ancient orchard, all with established habitats. During the construction works and following the scheme, these ecological features will be destroyed. NB Vattenfall environmental surveyors have not visited the site to assess these valuable habitats, or prepared reports at the time of DCO submission.

4. MINIMISE IMPACTS ON AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AND ACCESS
By simply applying mitigation works and compensation, there will be no impacts on agricultural practices or shooting if the route crosses open land to the south.

5. REDUCE PROXIMITY TO RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS
The ‘key principle’ of avoiding residential property would not be met if the cable is positioned next to Wood Farm. The implications;
• The property is served by a water borehole and septic tank; operation, contamination changes to the water table are concerns.
• The property is clay lump construction, without foundations. Vibrations, soil swell, and other ground disturbance caused by the engineering works, could result in weakness in the construction of the house, in years to come, affecting property value.
• The only access to the property is via Googles Lane running to a private track along which Mr and Mrs Garrett have a legal right to and from Wood Farm, and underwhich the proposed cable will run. During construction (not only the width of the cable, but also by consequence of the cable route along this longer section being used as a ‘runway’), access will be prevented. It is critical that access is not interrupted, in any way, for business, domestic and emergency purposes; business purposes, for the training and breeding of dogs. The works will severely unsettle the dogs, particularly during pregnancy.

6. MINIMISE IMPACTS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS IN RELATION TO ACCESS TO SERVICES AND ROAD USAGE, INCLUDING FOOTPATH CLOSURES
Access issues pertaining to Wood Farm House as above, apply under this ‘key principle’.