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Work starts on 70,000 solar panels at Scottow Park

C onstruction of the second and final phase of the solar farm at Scottow Enterprise Park (former RAF Coltishall), has started. The work will involve the installation of more than 70,000 solar panels by Scottow Moor Solar on land adjacent to the runways and aprons and new underground connections to the local electricity network. Around 70 people will be employed during the construction phase, which should be completed by the end of March.

The completion of the near 50MW solar farm will generate in excess of 10 million over 25 years for Norfolk County Council and provide onsite electricity generation for additional economic investment into the enterprise park in advance of it becoming an Enterprise Zone on April 1. The solar farm, one of the largest in the UK, will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 12,000-15,000 homes, with a CO2 saving of nearly 20,000 tonnes per annum. The start of the second phase of the solar farm comes nine months after the first phase (c32MW see picture attached) entered commercial operation; it was officially opened by the Leader of Norfolk County Council, Councillor George Nobbs, on April 17th 2015.

David Fyffe, from Scottow Moor Solar, said: We are working closely with the enterprise park to ensure that the solar farm can offer existing and future tenants secure and sustainable electricity on a long-term basis. And during the construction period, we and our contractors, Enerparc and ESM Power, will do everything we can to minimise disturbance and inconvenience to people living in Badersfield and the surrounding area. In order to reduce HGV traffic through Badersfield, Scottow Moor Solar will use the route to and from the site that was agreed last year with Norfolk County Council: traffic will use the main entrance to the Enterprise Park and exit via the eastern side of the airfield.

Additional guidance will be given to the HGV drivers and the haulage companies, and there will be signage on local roads to ensure that traffic movements flow smoothly and safely.

Over the next fortnight (January 25 to February 5), there will also be some temporary road closures and restrictions in and around Sloley to enable an underground cable connection to be laid between the solar farm and a nearby UKPN sub-station. .

Chancellor gives green light for super-sized Enterprise Zone

Ten locations across Norfolk and Suffolk secure new economic benefits The Chancellor announced today (Wednesday 25 th November) that New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and its local authority partners have secured one of the Government s prestigious new Enterprise Zone sites for Norfolk and Suffolk, which will help to create 18,500 jobs in the 25 year lifetime of the zone, including 5,000 jobs by 2021. And in a double success a bid to extend the existing Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (New Anglia) Enterprise Zone, has also been approved which will mean space for an additional 30 businesses and deliver a further 1,219 jobs. Enterprise Zones deliver a wide range of benefits to companies including a business rate discount of up to 275,000 over five years, simplified planning and access to Superfast broadband.

More than 60 bids were submitted to Government from across England with 26 new and expanded Enterprise Zones announced today. The successful bids were announced as part of George Osborne s Autumn Statement. The new zone will be developed across 10 locations in Suffolk and Norfolk, under the theme of Space to Innovate.

Each site will focus on the counties key innovation sectors and supply chains where it has specialist expertise and knowledge. This includes world-leading agri-tech, food and health, offshore energy, ICT and digital and creative sectors and the development of the Green Economy. The sites will act as a powerful magnet to attract new businesses, particularly overseas companies, looking to capitalise on the counties expertise in these sectors.

The sites will also link with the region s innovation centres, universities and the New Anglia Growth Hub to boost innovation, productivity and help to deliver high skilled jobs. The sites, which will be ready for development in March 2016, are based in rural locations and smaller towns, as well as Ipswich and Norwich, to spread economic benefits across the two counties. The ten locations are: Norwich Research Park, Norfolk a 25 hectare site next to the B1108, south of Norwich.

Enterprise Zone status will help support spin-out businesses in the food, health and plant science sectors Suffolk Business Park, Bury St Edmunds a 14 hectare site on a new business park which will be developed to the east of Moreton Hall. North Norfolk Scottow Enterprise Park in Coltishall , a rural site of 26 hectares to the south of Scottow and Lamas Roads, where part of the site will have Enterprise Zone status to focus on businesses in the creative digital and low carbon sectors. Egmere Business Zone a 7.4 hectare rural site south of Wells-Next-The-Sea which will focus on the Offshore Energy sector.

It is located close to the Sheringham Shoal windfarm and two further windfarms being developed off the coastline Greater Ipswich, Suffolk a cluster of sites to support the delivery of the newly developed Ipswich Vision, the blueprint for the regeneration of the town. Futura Business Park a 10 hectare site to the east of the town to help focus on higher value and more productive sectors and prevent displacement of retail from the town centre. Princes St a 2.9 hectare office corridor which connects the railway station with the town centre and will focus on ICT, digital and professional services businesses.

Sproughton Road a 14 hectare site between the A14 and Sproughton Road, in the Babergh district area provides excellent access to the A14 and huge potential for businesses in the agri-tech, food and health sectors as well as their supply chains Waterfront Island Two hectares of port land separating the Wet Dock from the tidal river with part of the Island given Enterprise Zone designation Nar Ouse Business Park in King s Lynn, Norfolk a 12.4 hectare site on the southern edge of the town adjacent to the A47, that will link to the King s Lynn Innovation Centre, currently under construction. This will stimulate new businesses and attract international businesses in the agri-tech, engineering and food production sectors. Mill Lane Business & Enterprise Park in Stowmarket, Suffolk a 17 hectare Enterprise Zone which includes the existing Food Enterprise Zone, located on the edge of the town, with strong links to existing local food manufacturers.

The Enterprise Zone will also link with three new Food Enterprise Zones in Suffolk and Norfolk, which were announced in March 2015, and will create vital economic hubs for the industry. The Orwell and Gipping Valley Food Cluster in Suffolk and Greater Norwich Food Cluster in Norfolk, will increase collaboration between the food, drink and agricultural sectors, bring better connectivity to the supply chain and encourage greater links with skills and agri-tech research. The extension to the existing Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (New Anglia) Enterprise Zone, covers existing sites at Beacon Park and South Denes Energy Park in Great Yarmouth, and Mobbs Way and Riverside Road in Lowestoft.

This zone has been developed to help energy-related companies and their supply chain grow across six sites in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and has delivered more than 1800 jobs over 3 years. The second round of Enterprise Zone bids was announced by the Chancellor, in the summer. The Norfolk and Suffolk bid was submitted by New Anglia LEP in September 2015, working in close partnership with local authorities and other delivery partners.

Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia LEP said: This is fantastic news for companies locally, nationally and internationally looking to capitalise on the expertise of the East from world-class food and health research, our thriving all-energy sector and innovation in ICT and digital this zone will be a magnet for inward investment, help create thousands of jobs and drive our productivity. A great boost for businesses and another great economic prize, deservedly won by Norfolk and Suffolk. David Ellesmere, Leader, Ipswich Borough Council said: This is a big vote of confidence in Ipswich as a great place to invest and do business.

The announcement of new Enterprise Zones at Sproughton, Futura Park, Princes Street and the Island site will help bring millions of pounds and hundreds of new jobs to Ipswich. Sally Ann Forsyth, Chief Executive Officer, Norwich Research Park said: We are absolutely delighted Enterprise Zone status has been granted. It will help to further strengthen our position as a world leading location for research, innovation and business, and provide a significantly enhanced offer in terms of the global competitiveness of the Park.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader, North Norfolk District Council said: It s great news that the Enterprise Zone bids have been successful and it will help to generate employment and support our business economy. Supporting rural businesses, jobs and the local economy is a priority for North Norfolk District Council and an Enterprise Zone is a sound way to attract inward investment. Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council of King s Lynn & West Norfolk , said: This is excellent news for West Norfolk and I am delighted that our bid has been given the go ahead.

Being designated as an Enterprise Zone will bring a range of benefits that will help to stimulate business growth and aid the removal of physical barriers to achieving that growth in the area bringing more jobs and opportunities for the people of West Norfolk and beyond. King s Lynn will be promoted regionally, nationally and internationally as a place to do business and that enhanced marketing will bring further investment which can only be a good thing. The new King s Lynn Innovation Centre is on track for completion next year providing further support for business development.

Exciting times for King s Lynn. Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: Promoting economic growth is at the heart of everything we do at St Edmundsbury. We have already worked with the New Anglia LEP to secure millions of pounds for the Eastern Relief Road, vital to the delivery of our 68 hectare expansion of the Suffolk Business Park on the edge of Bury St Edmunds, and a move that will create up to 15,000 jobs.

We have also been lobbying Government for greater control on business rates locally, and the creation of this new Enterprise Zone is excellent news. It will enable us to offer further incentives to achieve our vision for new businesses, new jobs and new growth here in the heart of West Suffolk, and indeed East Anglia. The last piece in the jigsaw is the actual detail in the Chancellor of the Exchequer s spending review but we look forward to the delivery of this exciting project for Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk and beyond.

John Fuller, Leader of South Norfolk Council said: The work done at Norwich Research Park leads the world in addressing the challenges facing humanity in food, health, energy, the environment and genetics. The Enterprise Zone status will help turn this basic research into products that people at home and abroad want to buy to generate jobs and wealth for Norwich & Norfolk. Cllr Simon Barrett, Babergh District Council s Portfolio Holder for Growth and the Local Economy, said: Babergh is delighted with this announcement and it is a testament to our strong partnership working with the New Anglia LEP, and other partners across Suffolk and Norfolk, that we have managed to secure these new zone creations in Suffolk.

In principle this provides a great opportunity for the district to unlock its key site at Sproughton we will work hard with Ipswich Borough Council, and others, to ensure it delivers. These new zones, coupled with our recent success surrounding Food Enterprise Zones earlier this year, means we are where we need to be in order to determine local economic priorities and to lead economic growth and job creation across our district. This is part of our vision for Babergh and is fully reflected in our strategic priorities.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council s Portfolio Holder for Economy and Stowmarket Regeneration, said: This is great news for the people and communities in Mid Suffolk and reflects the council s commitment to working collaboratively to ensure our local economy continues to thrive and achieve its full potential. The new Enterprise Zone, which will be an extension of our already secured Food Enterprise Zone, will make Mill Lane and Gateway 14 a more attractive option for businesses. This is a really positive way to ensure Stowmarket s future sustainable growth and vibrancy.

Cllr Graham Plant, the leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council , said: One of the borough council s priorities is to work with partners to build on creating conditions for further private and public investment, ensuring the borough is best placed to capture growth and its benefits for local communities. The extension of the existing Enterprise Zone, which is targeted at the energy sector, is great news and will also be extending opportunities for businesses to relocate to and expand within the borough, which has prospects of sharing in 50bn of investment in energy in the East of England over the next 20 years, including in oil and gas exploration, gas platform decommissioning, nuclear, and offshore wind farms. This announcement reflects huge Government confidence in the regional and local economy.

Beacon Park is already one of the most successful Enterprise Zone sites within the country, and we look forward to building on that success to date. The borough council would like to thank New Anglia LEP for their support. Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council : This is fantastic news for Waveney and the East Coast and underlines the success of the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone.

Including construction, the EZ has delivered over 1,800 jobs and this announcement means more businesses, more jobs and more growth for the sub-region.

As shown by the multi-million pound offshore announcement last week, this is a fantastic place to do business and the prospects are getting even better.

Still time to book for Norfolk Heritage Open Days events

The annual opportunity to explore Norfolk s heritage for free returns in September (10 th 13 th ), and there s still time to request tickets for some of the pre-book events across the county. Co-ordinated by Norwich s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART), this year s Heritage Open Days offer over 240 free events including open buildings, guided tours and walks, heritage literary events, exhibitions and performances across Norwich, Breckland, Thetford, South Norfolk, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and further afield. The pre-book events are filling up fast, but there are still tickets available for a wide range of pre-book events across Norfolk, including: Harleston Not a Pub Crawl Pub Crawl, South Norfolk: A pub crawl with a difference!

Come and find out about the colourful history of Harleston s existing five pubs, and about the many more watering holes that used to succour travellers from near and far. Led by local expert Margaret Griffiths. It may be necessary, in the spirit of research, to sample some wares at the end!

Part of the Harleston cluster of events over the heritage weekend. Norfolk and North Walsham St John Ambulance Museum, North Norfolk: View how first aid and the clothes worn have changed over the years. Listen to people s recorded memories by using the interactive touchscreen monitors and computers.

See the equipment that would have been used on you in the past. Former RAF Coltishall, Broadland: Explore former RAF Coltishall s heritage from on high this year on an open top bus tour around the 600-acre Norfolk County Council site with expert Spirit of Coltishall Association guides. See the Second World War and Cold War airfield and its buildings, heritage displays and the new Scottow Enterprise Park and solar farm.

Please book online via Eventbrite at 1 . Norwich Cathedral Exploring Medieval Graffiti, Norwich: Discover medieval curses, ships, faces, devotional symbols and much more besides. Join members of the team currently undertaking the archaeological survey of the medieval graffiti within Norwich Cathedral and have a lost world revealed to you!

Please book online via Eventbrite at 2 . White Friars and Red Gold at Burnham Norton Friary, further afield: The friary was the first Carmelite (White Friars) house founded in Norfolk. The impressive two-storey gatehouse is one of the finest in the country.

There will be a tour of friary remains and the ex-chapel. Norfolk Saffron has re-introduced the forgotten crop to the county and we have a small display about this fascinating plant s history. Learn how important red gold once was to the Norfolk economy and how it is now being grown again.

A Tour of Contemporary Architecture in Norwich Transformation, Regeneration and Opportunity: This discussion-led walking tour by Hudson Architects will spark lively debate on how contemporary architecture is regenerating and transforming Norwich. Meet key stakeholders of the city to gather their insights on the impact of some of Norwich s best contemporary buildings, including buildings for education, housing, heritage and public spaces with a look to future opportunities for our city. This event is exclusive to view at 3 .

Some Heritage Open Day events require pre-booking and, due to their popularity and limited capacity, it is recommended this is done as soon as possible. However, for over half of the events no pre-booking is required and visitors can just drop in on the day. Check the brochure or 4 for further details.

From Tuesday 1 st September, any remaining tickets for pre-book events will be available to book in person only from HEART at The Guildhall, Norwich (10am-4pm). The Heritage Open Days events brochure for Norwich and Norfolk is out now and available across Norfolk or to download from 5 , where you can also request tickets for many pre-book events. For more information visit 6 or follow @norwichheart 7 , #NorwichHODS 8 and #NorfolkHODs 9 on Twitter and Norwich HEART 10 on Facebook.

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The Archaeology News Network: 'Breath-taking' archaeological finds …

A new report has revealed how Norfolk had the highest number of recorded archaeological finds and treasure cases in the country in 2014/15. There were more than 15,000 recorded finds and 119 cases of Treasure Trove, with many of the discoveries deemed to be of regional. national and even international significance.

Among the stunning finds was an Anglo-Saxon burial in South Norfolk, which has been hailed as potentially altering understanding of Norfolk in the 7th century. Archaeologists say the detail of the finds, including a pendant, bronze bowl. pot and a knife, is remarkable.

They believe the woman who was buried there was extremely wealth and may even have been royalty. Another major project saw the dating of the second Bronze Age circle at Holme Beach – the so-called big sister of Seahenge. The tree ring dating showed the timbers used to build that circle were felled in 2049BC, exactly the same time as those used to build Seahenge.

David Gurney, the county council s historic environment manager, who leads the Historic Environment Service, said: The last year was marked by some major achievements and some breath-taking discoveries, and heritage services are adapting and being redesigned to provide the best possible service for the people of Norfolk, to promote growth and jobs and to encourage heritage tourism. If I had to pick out just two highlights from last year, the first would have to be the discovery of the Saxon burial in South Norfolk. This is still being worked on, but there s little doubt that this burial, dating to around AD 640, was a woman who, if she wasn t herself a member of an Anglo-Saxon royal family, would have known royalty and probably those who lived and were buried at Sutton Hoo.

It s a remarkable find, and the full story has yet to be told. Secondly, our project to date the timber circles on Holme beach discovered that the second circle was built in the spring or summer of 2049BC and that s exactly the same time as the first circle or Seahenge. That s unique in British prehistory and attracted international interest.

Discoveries such as these put Norfolk s heritage right up there with Sutton Hoo and Stonehenge, and make the county a great place to live in, work in and visit. The service secured around 300,000 of grants over the past 12 months, and Mr Gurney said there were a number of important projects taking place or in the pipeline. He said: We ve got some very significant externally-funded heritage projects taking place or on the horizon, including the Brecks, the Norfolk Broads, Thetford Forest, aerial photographs, former RAF Coltishall (Scottow Enterprise Park) and the mills at Billingford, near Scole and Stracey Arms on the Acle Straight.

Much of what we do is focused on planning and the Norfolk Historic Environment Record, but last year we also recorded more than 15,000 finds and involved nearly 6,000 people in around 150 heritage events and activities. It s been proved that people who get involved in heritage are happier as a result, and that s good for physical and mental health and well-being. Of the 15,207 objects recorded, they ranged from Roman or medieval pot sherds to what archaeolgists described as the truly spectacular and internationally significant – such as the ceremonial copper alloy dirk found at Rudham.

Dating from the Middle Bronze Age (c1500-1350BC), the object was reported more than a decade after it was found and had been used as a doorstep. The owner was on the verge of throwing it away when a friend suggested he should take it to be identified, where its importance was recognised. It weighs almost two kilograms and at approximately 68cms long it is about three times the size of a normal Bronze Age dirk.

It would have been impractical as a weapon, so was almost certainly used in rituals as some sort of religious symbol or ceremonial object. A cross-border project saw Norfolk s team of air photo interpreters investigate a 118 square kilometre area of east Suffolk, covering Lothingland, Greater Lowestoft and the northernmost part of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project mapped and described nearly 600 archaeological sites, the vast majority of which (up to 78pc) were new discoveries.

The sites ranged in date from prehistory to the Second World War. Since 2013, a total of 24,046 objects spanning all periods of history have been identified and recorded by the Suffolk Finds Recording Team. Recent star finds include a complete Late Iron Age (2000 year ago) linch pin, used to hold in place a chariot wheel on its axle.

This remarkably unusual object was found in north east Suffolk, the kingdom of the Iron Age tribe of the Iceni, famously led by Boudica.

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