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Ecotricity could build more wind turbines in Swaffham  

The company is looking into the possibility of putting at least two more towers on land near its existing Swaffham II turbine, north of the town’s A47 bypass.
Managing director Dale Vince stressed that it was early days but said: “We think there is room for a few. It remains to be seen how many.”
Prolonged and detailed consultation would be needed and had only just begun with the submission of a scoping request to Breckland Council, he went on.
“The nature of a scoping request is that we contact a planning authority with an idea that we could build some wind turbines and lay out the issues which we think need to be looked at,” said Mr Vince.
The issues would include “every possible environmental impact” including noise, wildlife and visual effect.
“We invite the authority to tell us if it is in agreement and if there is anything else it would like us to look into by way of potential impact,” he continued.
The request was also due to be considered by Swaffham Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday.
If after scoping the company believed it could build more turbines without adversely impacting on anybody or anything, the proposals would move forward and local residents would be consulted.
“We will have an open day in Swaffham if we reach that point where we think there is a project here,” he said.
Mr Vince praised the people of Swaffham for their previous support for wind energy schemes. “We have a long history with the town and a good relationship with local people. They have been massively supportive,” he went on.
Swaffham’s first wind turbine at the Ecotech site, built in 1999, was the UK’s first megawatt turbine and people from all over the country came to visit it, said Mr Vince. The second turbine which opened in 2003 was also massively popular.
He believed residents recognised the benefits of clean energy. “We all use electricity and have to take responsibility for where it comes from,” he said.
A further wind farm scheme in the Swaffham area is now getting under way with the start of work on an eight-turbine project on the former airfield at North Pickenham.


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