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“Concerned” MPs write to developers over power station plan

Ipswich, Suffolk. Day two of the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park in Ipswich - Dr Dan Poulter MP at the second day of the Suffolk Show

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Ipswich, Suffolk. Day two of the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park in Ipswich - Dr Dan Poulter MP at the second day of the Suffolk Show Photograph by Mark Bullimore. Credit Mandatory.t: 07813 799 343. e: mail@eaps.org.uk. w: http://www.eaps.org.uk ENGANL00120120509113544

Two “extremely concerned” Suffolk MPs have written to the developers of a proposed £200-million gas-fired station planned for Eye, amid the application for the project being submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

Progress Power, which hopes to build the station at Eye Airfield, submitted the application on March 31.

The application will now be reviewed, with a decision whether to accept it to be made by April 28.

A spokesperson from Progress Power said: “Progress Power has submitted its Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate, which now has until April 28 to confirm that the application meets the required standards to proceed to examination.”

But MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan Poulter, and Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, have written a letter to the developers, in support of concerns from constituents, local councillors, and councils.

The letter reads: “We are particularly concerned about the size of the proposed sub-station and the adverse affect it will have on surrounding villages. This project will potentially cause major disruption to residents in a rural area which is renowned for its natural beauty, and in view of the volume of correspondence that we have so far received from our constituents we are extremely concerned about the effect your proposals will have on the local community.”

Awareness group Common Concern, formed in November 2013 and dedicated to keeping the community informed about the project, will register as an interested party should the application be accepted by the Planning Inspectorate.

A spokesperson on behalf of the group told the Diss Express: “Common Concern is aware that a considerable number of residents have expressed their concerns about this application in writing to Progress Power.

“There appears to be a particular issue with regard to the siting of an electrical compound in the open countryside and these concerns are now being supported by our MPs David Ruffley and Dr Daniel Poulter, who have requested an urgent meeting with the company.

“The adequacy of the public consultation carried out by Progress Power has also been called into question by many including Common Concern, which expressed its concerns in writing to Progress Power on January 27, 2014.

“If this application is accepted by the Planning Inspectorate, Common Concern will register as an interested party and strongly urges all those with concerns surrounding this application to do likewise so that they have every opportunity to voice those concerns to the Inspector.”

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