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  Local MP urges residents to have their say on windfarm proposals

  Richard speaks at a public meeting on the proposals in Pulham St Mary

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has called on local residents in Dickleburgh, Rushall and the Pulhams to let South Norfolk Council know what issues should form part of  its 'Scoping Opinion' on a proposed windfarm at the old Pulham airfield.

Mr Bacon was speaking after he received a letter from Mr John Tomlinson, Head of Planning Services at South Norfolk Council concerning the proposals. The letter states that South Norfolk Council have received a request for a 'Scoping Opinion' from SLP Energy. You can read Mr Tomlinson's letter by clicking here


Scoping Opinion

A Scoping Opinion is not the same as a planning application. A Scoping Opinion is an opinion provided by the Council for detailed information on issues the Council thinks it will need to investigate in any subsequent planning application that comes forward.   This includes matters such as visual impact, noise, proximity to flight paths, archaeological surveys, impact on hydrology, local ecology, agriculture, plant life, animals and birds.  A scoping opinion will also include issues such as site access, vehicle movements, and technical matters connected with the site.

Before drawing up its Scoping Opinion, the Council asks members of the public what they think are the issues that it would need to take into account. 

If you would like to see what a Scoping Opinion looks like, you can view a copy of the Formal Scoping Opinion produced for the proposed Hempnall wind turbines by clicking here.

Mr Bacon said: “This is your chance to let the Council know precisely what issues you believe should be included in its Scoping Opinion. You should write to: Mr John Tomlinson, Head of Planning Services, South Norfolk Council, Long Stratton, Norwich NR15 2XE”. 

“Please do note Mr Tomlinson’s comments that the deadline for writing in about the Scoping Opinion has been extended to 9 August 2007”.

“It is worth stressing that if you miss this deadline there is still plenty of time to submit a written objection in the future to any planning application for wind turbines that may come forward. Even so, it is certainly a good idea to let the Council know how strongly you feel at this early stage”.


3 August 2007

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