"Dr Dan Poulter has written to Amber Rudd MP, newly appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to oppose plans to build a large scale power station and energy substation in the Eye area.
The energy company Progress Power put in a proposal to build the power station, which will be one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, and a large energy substation in the open countryside near Yaxley. The plans had been met with fierce opposition from local residents and parish councils and Dr Poulter has supported them at every stage. In January he wrote to the Planning Inspectorate to make it clear that Progress Power's plans were unacceptable and would destroy the rural character of rural North Suffolk.
The proposal has now been referred by the Planning Inspectorate to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to make a final decision based upon the recommendations of the Planning Inspector.
In his letter, Dr Poulter made clear to the Secretary of State that there were few economic benefits to Suffolk in building the power station, and the cost would be huge with the needless destruction of one of the most beautiful parts of the Suffolk countryside. The massing and scale of the energy substation close to Yaxley would mean that the building could be seen from almost as far away as Norwich, and Dr Poulter has told the Secretary of State that this would represent an unacceptable over-industralisation and permanent change in the rural landscape.
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".
Dr Poulter added "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."
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