The skyline of the Norfolk and Suffolk border is set to change again.
Work on the two new turbines at Eye Airfield, which will bring the total on the site up to four, is believed to be due to start in just over a month.
Planning permission for the two 130-metre high turbines, on farmland belonging to JW Baldwin Farms next to the southern boundary of the airfield’s industrial complex and Castleton Way, was granted in February 2012 to Norfolk-based applicants Eye Wind Power Renewables Limited.
Two previous sets of plans had been submitted and withdrawn after objections from Norwich Airport and the Minstry of Defence. Following consultations with both those parties, new plans were submitted and passed by Mid Suffolk District Council.
The wind farm project is being financed by Ventus and Ventus 2, investment funds which are listed on the London Stock Exchange, and managed by Temporis Capital.
It will feature two 3.4M104 turbines with a total capacity of 6.8 MW from turbine manufacturer Repower who have said construction is due to start in November and will be completed in April next year.
Eye Town Council had objected to the proposals believing when added to the two turbines erected by the Roy Humprey Group on the other side of the airfield adjacent to the A140, the cumulative effect would look like a turbine cluster. It also expressed concerns on the proximity of housing and the primary school, and visual and noise impacts.
The developer has stated the scheme will generate enough energy to power more than 6,000 homes with the electricity being exported via a new connection to the local network and then fed into the national grid.
A spokesman for Mid Suffolk District Council said all conditions placed on the application had now been discharged and they believed some work had already started on the site.
Triodos Renewables PLC, which operates the turbines developed by Wind Direct for Roy Humphrey, started to generate electricity earlier this year after construction of the two turbines was completed in February, with power levels predicted to be enough to meet the energy needs of 2,830 homes and part of the energy meeting up to 80 per cent of the Roy Humphrey Group’s demand at the site. The community will receive around £5,000 and £6,800 a year from the Roy Humphrey Group and the new Temporis project respectively.
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