A bid to build an electricity substation on farmland in Loscoe was approved by the planning board on Monday May 12.
Western Power Distribution (WPD)’s application for the substation on land at Brook Farm, is needed, they say, because additional capacity is needed ‘in order to support the growth of Loscoe and Heanor.’
Two high voltage power lines intersect on the site and a station would allow the firm to isolate the network in the event of a power failure. Resident Linda Lilley said the site would take up the space of two and a half football pitches and there were fears about light pollution. Councillor Bob Moon raised the concerns of residents on Sheldon Road who said an environmental survey, carried out in December, was unrepresentative of the local wildlife. He said: “I am sometimes overwhelmed by rabbits and stoats in my garden. The summer is a very different time than the winter. I raise all these issues because the reports haven’t helped me or any of the local residents know what is going to happen.”
Cllr John Walker asked who was going to be responsible for the bund designed to muffled noise and was told it would be WPD. The plan has a compound, a palisade fence, a 7m by 12m brick building to house electrical switch gear and landscaping works.