Ms Barbara Elvy
Clerk to Coltishall Parish Council
1 Drovers Rest
Kirstead Green
NR15 1EW
Tuesday 1st December 2009

Dear Ms Elvy,

Re: Investigation of Renewable Energy Potential - Sure Wind Energy Project

Partnerships for Renewables (Website: is currently working with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to explore the feasibility of siting a wind energy scheme at the former RAF base at Coltishall in Norfolk, on land adjacent to the newly-built Bure Prison.

We were established by the Carbon Trust to work specifically with public sector bodies, such as the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), to develop renewable energy projects on public sector-owned land which offer benefits to both the public sector organisation in question and the local community.

When NOMS obtained planning permission for Bure Prison, it agreed with the planning authority to actively investigate the development of renewable energy at the Bure site to ensure that it was a sustainable development. Partnerships for Renewables is working with NOMS on this investigation

We are currently at the early stages of our environmental and technical work but initial studies suggest that at this stage the Bure site could potentially host a single wind turbine with a generation capacity of 2-3 megawatts (MW) and a tip height of up to 130 metres (typically an 80 metre tower and three 45-50 metre blades}

If the results of our work continue to prove positive we could submit a planning application in early 2011 but there is still a lot of work to carry out in the meantime We are committed to only developing renewable energy projects in appropriate locations, and if results of our environmental and technical studies show that the site is inappropriate we will stop the development process.

A map of the area we are investigating is shown at the bottom of this letter along with some further information you might find of use (Map not shown as the size and definition is not a lot of use at all)

The aim of this early announcement is to fully involve the local community and key stakeholders from the outset of our work, and to ensure that any potential development incorporates feedback from the local community.

The first public exhibition - to introduce the proposal and the project team to the local community - will be held in February The date and venue of the exhibition will be advertised both locally and on the project website

It is likely that an application for a temporary wind monitoring mast will be submitted to North Norfolk District Council in the near future The data collected by the mast will be used to build an accurate model of the wind resource on the site to ensure that the most appropriate turbine model is chosen for maximising the green electricity-generating potential of the project
Key representatives meeting

Partnerships for Renewables and NOMS would like to organise a meeting for parish councillors, borough councillors, county councillors and MPs who represent the area in the vicinity of the site
The purpose of the meeting is to introduce ourselves to representatives of the local community and key stakeholders in person, and to discuss the project in more detail, as well as answer any questions you may have at this stage. We would also like to get your input and recommendations for how best to consult the local community going forward
I will shortly be m touch to discuss the details of the meeting
If you would like to attend the meeting, or if you have any queries throughout the development process, please contact me

Yours sincerely,
Gulya Isyanova
Communications Officer, Partnerships for Renewables
Tel         020 7832 4869
Mob       07912 734 691
Email     gulva isvanovafSipfr co uk

The green electricity generated by any wind turbines on the Bure site could be used locally or fed into
the National Grid.
What are the environmental and technical issues considered?

Partnerships for Renewables only develops renewable energy projects in appropriate locations.
Partnerships for Renewables works hard to ensure that its projects are responsibly developed and
well designed. To achieve this Partnerships for Renewables carries out a number of detailed studies
during the development process to ensure that any inappropriate sites are not developed, and that
good sites are accompanied by a complete and thorough planning application.
The work being carried out by Partnerships for Renewables at the Bure site is in accordance with this
The studies carried out include:

Access: The aim of this work is to ensure that we can get all of the required machinery
(turbine components, cranes etc.) onto the proposed site.

Archaeology: This work identifies sites of archaeological interest in or around the proposed
location. The information gathered influences the layout of the final proposal.

Aviation: Potential impacts on radar is identified and addressed in consultation with the
Ministry of Defence, the National Air Traffic Service and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Civils: Requirements for onsite roads, foundations and other civil engineering work is
identified and assessed.

Cultural Heritage: Historic monuments and buildings are identified. The information
gathered influences the layout of the final proposal.

Ecology: Local plant life and protected species, such as bats and water voles, are identified
and local biodiversity is assessed to ensure that the final proposal is designed
sympathetically to the local environment and wildlife.

Grid Connection: The likely route and specification of the grid connection is identified.

Hydrology: Water flow onsite is assessed and any potential impacts are identified to ensure
that the final design will not have a negative impact on water courses and private water

Landscapes and Visual

The visual appearance of the proposal is assessed from agreed key locations locations. Photomontages are produced for the final planning application.

Microwave links and Telecommunications: All microwave and telecommunication links
across or adjacent to the site are identified. The information gathered influences the layout of
the final proposal.

Noise: A noise assessment is carried out to ensure that the amenity of local residents is not
negatively affected by the development.

Ornithology: Bird activity in and around the site is investigated including identification of
nesting sites, flight patterns, migratory routes and feeding grounds. The information gathered
is used to ensure that the proposal is designed sympathetically to the local birdlife.
• Wind Resource: It is important to gain a good understanding of the local wind resource to
ensure that the final proposal is financially viable, turbines are located in good locations and
the correct turbines are selected for the project.

Location map (Not included By Coltishall PC until we get a better one of proposal)

The area being investigated js highlighted in red on the plan below.

Environmental benefits
If one 2.5 MW turbine is constructed it will generate approximately 5.4 GWh of green energy per year. This is equivalent to the amount of energy as needed to meet the annual electricity requirements of Bure Prison and an additional 900 households.
A wind energy development of this scale is expected to avoid approximately 2,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Note: The environmental benefit figures are based on one 2.5 megawatt turbine, operating with a 25% capacity factor; average household electricity use of 4700kWh per annum; and the electricity generated displacing electricity generated from CCGT / average JueJ mjx.-_approx. 430gCO2/kWh

What are the benefits to the local community?

A market-leading community benefit package will be provided alongside any future development. This will consist of a community fund, which will receive an annual payment. The fund will be administered by representatives of the local community, to be spent in any way that the community sees fit.

Economic benefits
In addition to the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) making a positive contribution towards the fight against climate change, Partnerships for Renewables will pay rent for the site, bringing in additional income to the prison service.


Visit to HMP Bure 20th November 2009

At the invitation of the Governor, Paul Cawkwell, a group comprising Task Force members and other interested parties visited HMP Bure on Friday afternoon 20th November.  John Harding, Mike Warren, Keith Childerhouse and Barbara Elvy attended on behalf of Coltishall parish.

The first 40 prisoners will arrive from Wayland prison at the end of November, with further transfers of 40 from Wayland weekly until Christmas.  We understand there are some 120 sex offenders currently at Wayland, held in a separate area for their own safety. There will be some 250 prisoners in total by March 2010, with further prisoners thereafter to a final total of 480-500.  We are assured that the prison area has been set; there are no plans to extend either the footprint of the prison or the scope of prisoners to be held there.  It is the most secure Category C prison, and will also be the least overcrowded.
The total budget for all food, clothing, services, healthcare, wages is £13m p.a.

Statistics given – 380 staff recruited, almost all drawn from Norfolk.  Already some two-thirds of total staff have been recruited; some are still in training.  Health provision – dentist, doctor, nurses  - are contracted to prison and budgeted separately.  They are not paid for by local taxes.  The prison will not offer all possible interventions until all intakes have been completed.

It was clear that security is very tight, notwithstanding that there will be no prisoners in custody until 30th November.  All staff, locks, surveillance equipment, and procedures are in place and fully operational.  There was a most impressive demonstration of drug and mobile phone detection by two dogs and their handlers.  They, with other measures, will be implemented in both the prison itself and the visitors’ centre.  In response to local concerns, extra security measures have been implemented.  A central control room oversees all areas of the prison by CCTV to ensure absolute security.  A stand-by generator will respond within one second to a power failure, ensuring that security would not be compromised.

Visitors’ centre
To be staffed by volunteers to cover visiting times – which are at weekends only. There are tables, chairs, toilets, provided for visitors’ use. Lockers are provided for personal effects, mobile phones etc.  All visitors must advise the prison staff before arriving, and approved identification supplied.  It is envisaged that the pattern at similar prisons (i.e. sex offenders prisons) will be repeated here – very few prisoners receive visits, fewer than at ordinary prisons.
Visitors will be transported to and from the prison by bus to two hubs in Norwich – the railway station and the bus station.  Visits must be pre-arranged with the prison.

Two blocks are currently ready to accept prisoners, the other two being securely fenced off.  Cells are for single occupancy (except 20 which could, if necessary, be doubles), and very small.  Each contains a bed, toilet, basin, small desk area, shelf to accommodate a TV (there is no right to a TV – it is a privilege to be earned, costing £1 per week taken from wages), small safe for medication and personal items, small storage area.
An alarm bell is sited in each cell, and an additional one, controlled by warders key, sited outside each cell from which instant assistance can be called.
Each block has a communal area for socialising off which is a kitchen from which meals are served.  Meals are eaten in cells.

Prisoners’ Timetables
Every day is broken into sections to include work, education, P.E and recreation.  They are not optional.  Work could be gardening, cleaning duties, kitchen.  Education ranges from basic literacy and numeracy to Open University.  There is a gymnasium and football pitch.  Most prisoners will socialise in their cells, although table-football and a pool table are available in each block.  There are no computerised games or other electronic pastimes.  Wages are earned from work done, and pay for telephone calls, stamps, TV.  Telephone calls must be to specified numbers, are restricted and monitored at random.  If necessary, all calls from any prisoner can be monitored.

Monitoring Board
Members of the Independent Monitoring Board will make unannounced visits to the prison to ensure prisoner welfare.

There are consulting rooms, a dentist’s room, and a dispensary.  Medical professionals are contracted to the prison on a part-time basis – they are not based at the prison, and we were assured that prisoners will not receive better or faster care than exist in the community. 

Prisoners leaving this prison will most likely be sent to a Category D (Open) prison.  Those deemed suitable for release from HMP Bure will be returned from whence they came, and be taken to Norwich bus or railway station, and provided with tickets.  Under no circumstances would a prisoner be released into the local community.

Traffic issues
John Harding spoke with the deputy governor about traffic using the Hautbois Road instead of the designated route via the North Walsham Road.  He agreed to monitor MoJ and goods vehicles to ensure they use the proper route.

Barbara Elvy
Clerk to the Parish Council

On the 8th October 2009 representatives from Coltishall Parish Council along with others from NNDC and Buxton visited HMP Whatton a Category C Sex Offenders Prision.   The aim of the visit was one of fact finding to see how HMP Bure will compare.    The Governor of HMP Bure, Paul Cawkwell, was also there to answer any questions.   To view the full report follow the link   visit to HMPWhatton