Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 16 September 2018
From Lucy Sheringham on behalf of Fiona Unick-Wagg


I object to this planning application for the reasons outlined below.

Flawed public consultation
- No alternative sites were consulted on
- Insufficient information on the National Grid extensions
- Incorrectly stating no other suitable connection sites were possible
Allowing comments on 4 footprint options which were in different locations but all within the same field to an invitation only audience.

Proposed Sites are Unsuitable
- They are very near villages such as Necton, Ivy Todd, Fransham, Holme Hale and Bradenham causing distress and sadness with their inhabitants
- They will extend an already very visible large structure on top of a hill adding to the visual pollution and light pollution at night
- The sites have a high potential in exceeding the governed noise enforcements imposed in the area 
Adds further infrastructure to the same area
- The sites have very poor access on the brow of a hill with blind summits either direction on the A47, the location of which has already caused a number of road incidents. Other possible access points would bring unnecessary traffic through Fransham increasing pollution and risk to the inhabitants.
- Not complying with Breckland Planning: Vattenfall state the development is too massive to be screened from view, and does not fit into the rural landscape. (PEIR ref: Chapter 29 - Table 29.18) Vattenfall admit it will not comply with the Breckland Local Plan which states: “Development…should be of a scale and design that respects the character and rural setting of the settlement.” And “All design proposals must conserve or enhance the existing character of an area.”

Alternative Solutions
- A marine cable connection around the coast into Walpole would prevent the cable route coming 47km across the Norfolk countryside, and eliminating the need for new substations or any expansions. This would result in other wind farms having the ability to connect to it if required.
- A connection could be made on any suitable pylon on the 400KV overhead existing cable lines, which would reduce the distance the cable would have to come inland and provide a larger search area for a suitable site away from houses or villages.

Unrecoverable damage to the environment
- Soil damage in the wide cable route areas
- Destruction of fully established trees and hedges
- It would force wildlife out of their habitats
- Alternative solutions would reduce the environmental impacts