New proposals on Eye airfield site

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Developers of a proposed £100 million gas-fired power station in Eye today announced plans for a new underground cable connection, sub-station, and junction off the A140.

Progress Power is proposing the new substation to be built on land situated close to the National Grid transmission lines and located north of Yaxley and Mellis. It is hoped a new junction off the A140 will alleviate traffic through villages for construction vehicle access.

Chris McKerrow, project director, said: “Our proposals for the electrical connection avoid the need for more overhead pylons across the countryside, something that both Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council, and members of the public, wanted us to avoid.

“Our plans will include extensive landscaping, including the planting of trees, in order to minimise the visual impact of the Electrical Connection Compound. We have also heeded people’s concerns about traffic to and from the site of the compound, expressed at our public exhibitions in October and since, by proposing a new junction off the A140.”