Application for power station at Eye Airfield to be submitted soon

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An application for a £200 million gas-fired power station to be built at Eye Airfield is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in the coming months.

According to the Planning Inspectorate’s website, an application from developers Progress Power is expected in the first quarter of 2014.

If submitted, the Planning Inspectorate will have 28 days to decide whether the application meets the standard required to be accepted formally for examination.

Developers Progress Power, and officials from the Planning Inspectorate met with representatives of local parish councils, district councillors, a Suffolk County councillor for the area, plus members of the Common Concern group and the Suffolk Preservation Society in Scole last week.

Fiona Cairns, director of the Suffolk Preservation Society, says that due to the timescale of the development, lots of unanswered questions remain about details of the development.

“It is quite a short consultation exercise,” she said.

“At this stage the details are very scarce and a lot of information is still not known.

“We don’t know how many stacks there are going to be or how high they are going to be, so until we know what the thing looks like we cannot address the issues. Nobody knows what they are dealing with.”

Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor said: “I think the consultation process was compliant with the requirements of the Planning Inspectorate. Whether they are rigorous enough is something you would have to take up with government.

“In terms of the actual process, as far as I was concerned, I know that the Eye Town Council were pretty fully engaged.”

Mr McGregor added: “This is a scheme which will be determined nationally. To date these schemes have gone through. It is important not to fight the scheme, it is to get as much out of the developer as you possibly can.”

A spokesperson for Progress Power said the developer is happy to receive feedback on the overall project via email at, or by post, Freepost RTEY-JYYB-ERSR, Progress Power Ltd, 49 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD.