In October 2016 (see here) we reported on a public consultation about the Hornsea Three Wind Farm (here for the company website). Things have moved on and in December 2020 planning approval was given by the Secretary of State for this national infrastructure project (documentation here).

The land based substation will be built on a large site just beyond Swardeston towards Norwich and is bounded by the B1113 to the West and the A47 to the North – see NCC Map here).

In 2018 the company issued a community newsletter which provided some high-level information. In the same year SNC considered the project and reported here.

As yet, there are no detailed designs for the substation. Swardeston PC are very aware of this and have provided this month a commentary about the project here.

Application ref: 2019/1583.
Applicant: Miss Naomi Todd.
Location: Land Adj To Wreningham Village Hall Mill Lane Wreningham Norfolk .
Proposal: Extension to day room to form study and sitting room. Addition of concrete pad.

This application revised in October 2019 has a further revision out for public consultation. Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line .

Comments by 24 June 2020 to SNC.

post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Our District Councillors have provided the following:

The “call for sites” for the Village Clusters has been completed with some 350 applications put forward. These have been assessed but no decisions have been made regarding their suitability to be included in the Emerging Local Plan.

South Norfolk Council is currently being run by an Emergency Committee. This is made up of senior officials and some members of the council.

The Council’s finances have taken a hit. Income is lost because of closure of the Leisure Centres and loss of Rate income amongst others. Some of the shortfall will be made up by Central Government.

It is anticipated that economic Growth in the District will fall by some 25%. This is better than most Local Authorities but will have to be addressed when the position becomes clearer.

Most applications for Business Grants have been paid. However, if there are any businesses having difficulty sourcing these, I will be happy to help.

On the last point, contact Nigel Legg at

District Councillor, Nigel Legg, reports on 11 April 2020:

There have been no recent formal Council meetings at South Norfolk. The Council is currently being run by an Emergency Committee.

There have been proposals as to how certain Statutory functions of the Council might operate during the present crisis. It is proposed that the DMC [aka Planning Committee] will reduce to five members. Meetings will take place via Skype or similar. They will be time limited. For this reason there may be fortnightly meetings. Outside speakers such as PCs will be advised a week in advance of the meetings and will be given a specific time to speak.

The number of planning applications is broadly unchanged. The Council is anxious to promote the application process so as to encourage building work to resume.

The “call for sites” for the village clusters is complete. There have been some 350 expressions of interest. These have been scored. The next stages will be allocation and then consultation.

Calls to the Help Hub were being diverted via Norfolk County Council. This has changed so that calls are now answered by SNC staff. The number is 01508 533933.

Reference: 2020/0129
Applicant: Mrs Kay Goldsmith
Location: Ivy Cottage, Ashwellthorpe Road, Wreningham, Norfolk NR16 1AW
Proposal: Two storey side extension
Application Type: Householder

Please return comments by 18 February 2020 to SNC:

on-line: via Comment tab here
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Reference: 2019/2552
Applicant: Mr Alan Miller
Location: Acorns, Church Road
Proposal: Single storey rear extension
Application Type: Householder

The application documents can be accessed here.

Comments by 13 January 2020 to SNC.

on-line: via Comment tab here
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

A revision (2019/1504) to an earlier revision (2019/0353) of the original planning application (2018/2301) has been received by South Norfolk Council.

Location: Land North Of Wymondham Road, Wreningham
Applicant: Orchard Homes
Proposal: 3 dwellings with associated garaging, access drive and amenity.
Application Type: Full

Application 2019/1504 proposes extending the garage block to three for the middle house (plot 2).

Comments, including the reference number, to SNC by 15 August 2019
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Adrian Nicholas,  Specialist Technical Advisor at SNC (01508 533722; ) has written of contact with Group Lotus and discussions about their Hethel track use and related noise/inconvenience to neighbours.

When we posted about this in February 2019, we had hoped to hear that Group Lotus were reinstating their periodic email updates sent to residents living near their site. These would provide information about the company’s activities, including planned use of the Hethel test track.  We have heard nothing about this, but have received a copy of their 2019 calendar for track use – see here

However residents have heard noise from cars on the Hethel track. Some find this untenable. If this is you, then please let Adrian Nicholas know. Write to him at providing details of your complaint.