Breckland Council seeking support for £1.6m power supply proposal

Breckland Council ANL-150904-113904001
Breckland Council ANL-150904-113904001

Breckland Council is seeking the views and support for a £1.6m proposal which could triple the power available at Snetterton Heath from businesses in the village.

It would see the total capacity jump from three mega-volt amps (MVA) to nine MVA. The council claims it would “unlock the potential” of the designated Strategic Employment Site, enabling current businesses to expand, as well as attracting new ones, and creating job opportunities.

As part of our commitment to help local businesses develop and thrive, Breckland Council has been working with a range of partners to see how we can unlock the full potential of Snetterton Heath by upgrading its current power capacity

Ellen Jolly, Executive Member for Income and Prosperity at Breckland Council

A spokesperson for the council said: “Breckland is proposing that two 11 kilo-volts (KV) cables be installed to connect Snetterton to a sub station at Attleborough, at an estimated cost of £1.6m.

“To enable this to be achieved, Breckland plans to invest £25k to secure a contract option with UK Power Network (UKPN), which installs and maintains electricity cables in the east of England. The contract would commit UKPN to installing the cables, if sufficient demand can be demonstrated and funds identified before October 2016.”

If there is enough support, this option could be implemented six to eight months from the start of the works.

A second power supply option is also being considered.

This would make use of a power cable currently being installed between the Snetterton Biomass Plant to Diss, and would also provide an additional six MVA capacity, with potential to increase this in the long term.

However, the council does not consider the long-term plan for the Snetterton employment area is “sufficiently developed” to make a viable business case for public funding to support the option.

Cllr Ellen Jolly, Executive Member for Income and Prosperity at Breckland Council, said: “As part of our commitment to help local businesses develop and thrive, Breckland Council has been working with a range of partners to see how we can unlock the full potential of Snetterton Heath by upgrading its current power capacity.

“We know how important an improved power supply is to local businesses, and so we really welcome their views on our proposed approach and encourage them to work with us and partners to achieve their power needs – now and in the future.”