The debate over the visual impact of the proposed gas-fired power station at Eye Airfield has been reignited after MP Dr Dan Poulter claimed the electrical substation in Yaxley would be seen as far away as Norwich.
But a spokesperson for developers Progress Power said they were “surprised” by the claim, saying that at 12.5 metres, the substation would be smaller than the Eye turbines, and transmission towers used by the National Grid, adding: “Not withstanding the extensive landscaping proposals that we have suggested, not withstanding the natural vegetation and countryside which surrounds the area, we would be very surprised that you could see it from Norwich.”
Dr Poulter said: “If the plan for a power station goes ahead it could blight the lives of many local residents and irrevocably change the character of the area. This is a place of great natural beauty which will be spoiled forever. I have asked the Secretary of State to look into the matter and consider my concerns and those of local residents when reviewing the recommendation of the Planning Inspector.
“This situation could have been avoided if Progress Power had worked more closely with local residents and done more to mitigate the impact and the visual damage that will be caused by their plans for a energy substation near Yaxley.”