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Developers unveil £6m Swaffham wind turbine plans

Airvolution Energy Limited Development Manager James Turner-Moore at the public exhibition for the proposed wind turbines near Swaffham.

Airvolution Energy Limited Development Manager James Turner-Moore at the public exhibition for the proposed wind turbines near Swaffham.

Dozens of people have had their first look at multi-million pound proposals for two giant wind turbines on the outskirts of Swaffham.

Developers Airvolution Energy are hoping to build the 130 metre structures, which they estimate will cost around £6 million, on a site off Sporle Road, known as Washpit Drove.

Around 50 people attended a public exhibition of the plans held at the town’s Assembly Rooms on Tuesday.

And the company’s development manager, James Turner-Moore, said: “We were pleased with the turnout and how it went.

“We will take all feedback into account and hope we will be in a position to submit a planning application to Breckland Council early next year.”

The company claims that, if the scheme is approved, the turbines could generate enough electricity to meet the needs of around 3,000 homes.

Managers are also planning to set up a fund worth around £23,000 per year over a 25-year operating period to finance community projects.

But Paul Smyth, Swaffham’s Norfolk County Council representative, said he was not convinced of the benefits of on-shore wind developments.

He said yesterday: “I think the argument for them, when you look at the energy they are producing, doesn’t appear a compelling argument.”

He also raised concerns over the possible impact of the development on installations at RAF Marham and questioned whether recent changes in government policy on wind energy may have an impact on on-shore developments.

 

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