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Wind farm boss says Necton residents’ homes are safe despite plans showing a substation on top of them

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 March 2017

Jenny Smedley stands with fellow Necton residents holding a petition signed by almost half the households in the village in opposition of plans to build a wind farm substation.

Jenny Smedley stands with fellow Necton residents holding a petition signed by almost half the households in the village in opposition of plans to build a wind farm substation.

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A windfarm boss said homes in a Norfolk village are not under threat, despite plans appearing to show that a substation could be built on top of them.

The latest proposals for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard project are outlined in a newsletter delivered to residents in the last few days.

They show project development zones which have been narrowed down following consultation events in October.

But residents in Necton, near Swaffham, were shocked to find some of their homes were included within the potential development zone for the substation.

Necton resident, Jenny Smedley, said Vattenfall has not given them any clear answers.

She said: “We had no idea that they were going to put the edge of the search area right through our houses.

“I’ve given them ample opportunity to say they will not build through our houses, I’ve said how worried people are. If they aren’t going to build on our houses why won’t they just say so?”

The new plans infuriated residents who have been voicing concerns since October.

In November they launched a petition to highlight the village’s objections and out of 890 households, close to 500 have signed.

Resident Alice Spain said: “We don’t have a problem with green energy development but we don’t want substations in Necton. The government has been given targets by the European Union to build wind turbines and that’s fine but it doesn’t mean they should put substations by our houses, they should put them in a field.”

Most of the concerns stem from the development of a previous substation which caused many issues in the village, including a reduction in property value and road disruptions.

Vattenfall’s project manager for Norfolk Vanguard, Ruari Lean, said: “We can reassure residents their houses are safe. One of the site selection criteria to ensure minimal impact from onshore infrastructure is avoiding residential properties.

“What we have shown in the newsletter sent to 35,000 addresses in Norfolk is a high-level search area for network onshore infrastructure needed for the offshore wind farm.”

Vattenfall will hold further consultations in Necton on March 24.

2 comments

  • Oh come on Koenig. You must be aware of the size of the substation currently being built and how it was initially planned for bang on top of Little Dunham, that this is the ugly face of renewable energy and what is worse is that the renewable energy companies have powers which other private businesses do not have, The substation is massive- I bet no one who said ooh yes pretty wind turbines at the initial consultation gave a thought to the impact on open countryside. The consultations for these wind farms take place where people will only see the blades turning and not the steel fences and substation equipment and wires and noise of construction traffic. These companies are not charities and Necton and Fransham residents have every right to resist being ridden roughshod over. If we want renewable energy we should not expect individuals to suffer financial hardship nor have their lives disrupted without adequate compensation.

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    FlintinChalk

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Quote - Resident Alice Spain said: “We don’t have a problem with green energy development but we don’t want substations in Necton.". It would be funny if it wasn't so utterly pathetic. NIMBY incarnate. If people want electricity then the must realise that it has an infrastructure and that minimising the cost of that infrastructure benefits all electricity users across the UK. Guess what - Nectin is in the UK so suck it up.

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    koenig

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

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