A company which wants to put up a five turbine wind farm has applied for permission for a 50-metre test mast to monitor wind levels.
Energy provider E.On UK is proposing to build on agricultural land known as Chiplow between Bagthorpe and Barmer and Syderstone, near Fakenham.
The currently is hoping to submit a planning application for the turbines in the autumn but has put in plans to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council for a 50-metre temporary anemometer for a period of 24 months.
E.On UK said the turbines would provide sufficient electricity to supply around 5,000 homes – which is nine per cent of the Lynn and West Norfolk demand.
Villagers recently got the chance to view the proposals at a public exhibition.
Other benefits highlighted by the company include combating global climate change by saving over 21,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere each year.
It would contribute to the East of England renewable energy targets by 2010 stating that 14 per cent of the region’s energy generation should come from renewable sources.
Another benefit would be an annual £20,000 community fund for the lifetime of the project which is expected to be two decades.
Project leader Ali Parker said newsletters had been sent to the local community giving up-dated information about the scheme and so far 2,400 householders, in parishes that fall within five kilometres of the site, have received two newsletters.
“In the first one we asked people to register their interest and about 45 people people did so and there were a few antis and a few in favour and a lot of people asking questions. The nearest house to this scheme is 800 metres away and the village of Syderstone is more than one kilometre so people are far removed from the site which is on agricultural land,” said Mrs Parker.
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By Ian Clarke
23 June 2007
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