Eye: Green light for new airfield sub-station

REVISED plans for a new electricity sub-station to accompany two 130ft-tall wind turbines being built at an industrial estate have been given the go-ahead.

The proposals had been put forward in early March by the Humphrey Group and relate to land at the Roy Humphrey property off the A140 at Eye.

Planning permission was previously granted for the two turbines to be constructed at the site to feed power both into the private operation and into the National Grid.

Separate proposals for the sub-station were first submitted last year but were later withdrawn following discussions with Mid Suffolk District Council.

John Dupre, of Renewables Direct, which will build the turbines, said it was “good news” that the council’s planning committee had approved the revised proposals at a meeting last week.

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Mr Dupre said: “We’re very pleased that we now have the consent and everything is in place for the scheme to go forward.”

The two turbines would provide renewable electricity to the Roy Humphrey Group, which would take around 20% of the power, with the rest going into the national grid.

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Mr Dupre said he expected work on the scheme to start soon and that the turbines, would be “up and running” by the end of the year.

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