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Children take up sub-station campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:13 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 08 July 2010

A CAMPAIGN against a proposed power sub-station near a small Norfolk village was due to be taken to the House of Lords yesterday.

A CAMPAIGN against a proposed power sub-station near a small Norfolk village was due to be taken to the House of Lords yesterday.

Mid Norfolk MP Keith Simpson has invited wind farm firm Warwick Energy into the Commons to discuss their proposal for a sub station on 42 acres of land at Little Dunham after being contacted by residents there.

The meeting comes as a petition has reached nearly 1,300 names and about 200 letters of objection have been sent to Breckland Council over a planning application to the authority on the scheme.

Children from the village have also started their own campaign against the scheme. Twelve-year-old Ryan Mylum from Necton Road said children loved the village as it was and were worried about the noise and impact of the scheme.

The sub station is part of a £1.3bn project and would act as a base to redistribute electricity from the proposed Dudgeon offshore wind farm planned 32km north of Cromer to the national grid.

Mr Simpson said he decided to arrange the meeting after a briefing with residents against the scheme in Little Dunham.

He said he was surprised Warwick had not already been in touch with him but that the meeting would enable them to put their side across to him.

“I am amazed at the sheer scale of this proposal and I would like an opportunity to hear their side, why they have picked Little Dunham and why they are not considering perhaps alternative sites not impinging on a village,” he said.

George Freeman, Conservative parliamentary candidate for the new constituency seat of Mid Norfolk, will also be at the briefing.

Planners at Breckland expect the scheme to go before the development control board for discussion at its next meeting on March 29 at the earliest.

However, it could be delayed until a later meeting due to the size of the application.

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