Eye: Proposals for £200million gas-fired power station are debated at public exhibition

Progress Power project manager, Chris McKerrow, talks about the proposal for a power station at Eye

Progress Power project manager, Chris McKerrow, talks about the proposal for a power station at Eye Airfield during the public exhibition in Eye Community Centre. - Credit: Archant

Questions have been raised over how proposals for a £200million gas-fired power station would work at a public exhibition.

People have been finding out more about the proposed station which would be built on Eye Airfield in north Suffolk.

Progress Power Ltd, the company behind the plans, said the development would create up to 250 jobs during construction and supply enough electricity for 400,000 homes.

But concerns have been raised over the possibility of overhead pylons running across the Suffolk countryside to connect the station to the National Grid.

District councillor Charles Flatman was at the exhibition. He said: “With the information I have already got there’s a lot we do not know.

“There are many questions that still need to be answered but the fundamental plan of this I will support, if the cables are fed underground.”

Progress Power project manager Chris McKerrow said the decision over whether to use overhead pylons or bury cables underground had not yet been made. He assured homeowners if pylons were used it would be to a maximum distance of 2km.

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He said the decision would be made over several factors including cost and visual impact.

He said: “I think it’s an exciting opportunity and it could lead to more investment in the area. We are not different in character or scale to the nearby chicken litter power station.”

A formal consultation period is due to start in September with a planning application expected to be submitted by January 2014. The exhibition continues today in Eye Community Centre, Magdalen Street, 9am till 1pm.

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