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  MP gives council his views on Pulham windfarm plans

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

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has written to Mr John Tomlinson, Head of Planning at South Norfolk Council, to let him know what issues Mr Bacon believes should form part of  the council's 'Scoping Opinion' on a proposed windfarm at the old Pulham airfield.

The deadline for local residents to write to South Norfolk Council with their views on what should be included in the Scoping Opinion passed on 9 August 2007. You can read Mr Bacon's letter by clicking here


What is a 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: “I have written to Mr Tomlinson with my thoughts on what should be included in its Scoping Opinion.  I know that many local residents have done the same”. 

“If local people missed this deadline, then there will still be plenty of time to submit a written objection in the future to any planning application for wind turbines that may come forward".

10 August 2007

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