Click above to view the terrifying scale of ground investigation works at the substation site of Friston. Many residents were alarmed to see ScottishPower Renewables commencing ground investigation works. The distress caused by this is a tiny foretaste of what is to come if we do not stop these plans.
SUFFOLK MP, continues to Speak out Against Huge Substations at Friston
28 May 2021, Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP’s
“In short, in order for the Applicant’s proposals to adhere to the emerging government policy of greater offshore coordination to protect our environment – which has been backed again at the highest level in Parliament this month. Then the onshore aspects of these projects must be rejected in favour of a grid connection which offers the capacity to integrate multiple projects without having a devastating impact on local communities and our precious landscpaes.” Therese Coffey MP’s verbal submission to the Planning Inspectorate
Therese Coffey’s Deadline 10 Submission of 7 May 2021 calls for alternative sites at Bradwell and Bramford and reaffirms her support for a ‘Split Decision’. “SPR is well placed to integrate these projects and reduce the harm to the environment. This does not require a ring main or shared assets but runs with the government’s energy policy. It enables an alternative grid location to be brought forward with less damaging impacts on our environment and coastal communities in line with the White Paper and BEIS Review.
Therese Coffey MP’s verbal submission to the Planning Inspectorate, 24 February 2021
Reform of Offshore Wind Industry backed by MPs, Eastern Daily Press, 2 November 2020
PM CONFIRMS HIS SUPPORT FOR AN OFFSHORE GRID
19 MAY 2021, PM CONFIRMS HIS SUPPORT FOR AN OFFSHORE GRID AFTER JAMES CARTLIDGE (MP SOUTH SUFFOLK) ASKED HIM THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:
“I thank the Prime Minister for the support he has already shown for coming forward with an offshore transmission grid, which he knows will help us to both export our surplus offshore wind to the continent and reduce the infrastructure associated with new wind farm capacity. It is very important to our communities, but there is a question over timing. Given that he has already set out an ambitious and clear timetable for increasing offshore wind generation, will he now come out with an equally ambitious timetable for delivering an offshore grid?“
The Prime Minister’s response:
“My hon. Friend is spot on in what he says about the need for an offshore grid. As well as building the fantastic windmills, it is vital that we bring the energy onshore in a way that has minimal disruption for local communities and enables us to maximise efficiency.” Hansard
“I can tell him ((North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker) that we are certainly looking at the issue of the transmission network review and we are developing the necessary regulatory changes.” Prime Minister’s Question Time, Wednesday 24 February 2021 Hansard
These responses show backing at the highest level for a grid connection which has ‘minimal disruption for local communities’ and grid connections which ‘maximises efficiency’.
Councillors for Aldeburgh and Leiston resign from East Suffolk Council
21 MAY 2021, EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES
“I cannot currently give my support to the Council as I believe the manner in which East Suffolk District Council is pursuing the Energy aspirations is potentially extremely detrimental to, rather than being supportive of, the area I have had the honour to represent. This makes it extremely difficult to adequately reflect the informed views of residents in the Ward and continue to attempt to draw attention to this Ward becoming a casualty in the drive to support the wider economic area of East Suffolk.” Jocelyn Bond Read More
Thanks to Jocelyn Bond and TJ Haworth-Culf for their tremendous efforts to reflect our community views. They clearly hit a brick wall.
East Suffolk Council needs to ensure a win/win for Lowestoft’s Renewables aspirations and for the protection of Suffolk Heritage Coast’s environment and tourism. It is not an either or.
Shock and disappointment as East Suffolk Council move to a ‘neutral’ position. Town and Parish Councils letter, 3 February 2021
East Suffolk Council Cabinet Meeting Minutes, 5 January 2021
SEAS write to East Suffolk Council, 18 December 2020
SASES write to East Suffolk Council, 17 December 2020
3-MONTHS EXTENSION TO THE EXAMINATIONS
1 April 2021, SEAS
On 1 April, 5 days before the 6 month Examination period was due to close, the Secretary of State granted a 3-month extension to the Examinations. This means the Examinations will not close until 6 July 2021.
SEAS has joined with other groups to object to the extension on the grounds that it is procedurally unfair.
SEAS have limited human and financial resources. To meet the gruelling schedule of hearings we, in effect, emptied the bank accounts to pay for experts and counsel. In this context, SPR has unlimited resources and any extension can and will be funded commensurately.
Finally, the overwhelming impression we are left with is that the extension benefits SPR by giving them an unfair chance to plug the multitude of gaps that exist in their evidence. SPR has had more than ample opportunity to adduce evidence on all matters.
SPR ARE USING 'GAGGING' CLAUSES IN THEIR AGREEMENTS WITH LANDOWNERS
20 March 2021, Louise Fincham
Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) are using “gagging” clauses in their agreements with landowners involved in the planning process for their offshore wind farms, EA1N and EA2. These clauses offer financial incentives to individuals and groups to withdraw objections and/or desist from objecting to their plans. SPR claims that these gagging orders are “normal commercial arrangements”. We do not believe this is the case. Development consent and planning hearings are distorted if those who might reasonably be expected to object are quietly silenced and given financial incentives to withdraw opposition.
There can be no justification for making payments or imposing conditions which undermine a statutory planning inquiry conducted in accordance with public law principles.
Therese Coffey MP speaks out, 24 February 2021
Request for Information, SEAS Additional Submission 22 February 2021
Complaint Letter, SEAS Additional Submission 14 February 2021
THE DEVELOPMENT CONSENT FOR THE NORFOLK VANGUARD WIND FARM HAS BEEN OVERTURNED AND QUASHED
24 February 2021, SEAS
The UK High Court has overturned the development consent for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project off East Anglia following a legal challenge. The case was brought by local resident Ray Pearce who argued the BEIS Secretary of State unlawfully excluded from consideration the cumulative effects of the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm taken together with Vattenfall’s adjacent 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas development.
The Judgment in the Norfolk Vanguard case makes it very clear that it is the responsibility of the applicant to put before the Examining Authority the full evidence and it is the responsibility of the Examining Authority to verify that it is, in fact, full and accurate. SPR has declined to provide the Examining Authority with evidence. The same applies to National Grid. The Judgment indicates that in those circumstances, the Examining Authority should decline consent.
The details of Justice Sir David Holgate’s historic judgement 18 February 2021
Judicial review granted, Eastern Daily Press, October 9 2020
Ruling on Norfolk Vanguard deferred, Eastern Daily Press, 1 June 2020
The Bigger Picture Exhibition, Featuring 'Wild Summer Sea' by Maggi Hambling CBE
Thanks to Therese Tollemache, Sally Miles and Georgina King SEAS ran a pop-up art exhibition, The Bigger Picture, at Gallery152 in Aldeburgh during September 2020 with generous donations from local Artists including Maggi Hambling, Beezy Bailey and Laurence Edwards. We are immensely grateful to all those artist and supporters who have enabled us to continue our campaign into 2021. Thank you.
Loaded by Laurence Edwards
‘Paradise Walk’ Sailors Path by Beezy Bailey
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON, PRIVATE EYE
OCTOBER 2020, ‘OLD SPARKY’
EDF’s prospective new nuke at Sizewell is not the only vast energy scheme threatening Suffolk’s rural amenities and running laughable “consultation” exercises (Eyes passim). Only two miles away, Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) is right up there with EDF – on both counts.
SPR’s “East Anglia Hub” would be a 3 gigawatt offshore windfarm complex in the North Sea. Designed to produce sustainable electricity out of sight over the horizon, the plan has broad support – in principle. However, the onshore ramifications are contentious: the location for landfall of the incoming power cables, the digging of a six-mile “cable corridor”, and two large new substations. These works would cut across a stretch of Heritage Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Special Protection Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Oddly, SPR is not intending to do the obvious and amalgamate its workings with those of EDF’s Sizewell C project next door, with its large existing site and grid connection. (Maybe SPR is as sceptical about Sizewell’s prospects as Old Sparky.) …
Griff Rhys Jones joins celebrity campaign against offshore wind turbines onshore blight
4 MARCH 2020, BEN WEBSTER, ENVIRONMENT EDITOR, THE TIMES
The comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones has joined a campaign to stop more than 100 coastal villages being blighted by pylons, substations and cables connected to offshore wind farms.
In a letter to The Times, he and other actors and artists with homes in Suffolk say that the “piecemeal approach” to green energy infrastructure would result in the “destruction of ancient woodland [and] rare heathland habitats” in Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Times, Letter to the Editors, Wind Power Threat, 4 March 2020
Sir, The UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind power will be undermined if the government continues its piecemeal, out-dated approach to onshore infrastructure. Landscapes destroyed by such development are not renewable.
The government has no national strategy for the delivery of offshore power into the National Grid. In the short term, brownfield sites must be used for onshore infrastructure. This will avoid needless destruction of ancient woodland, rare heathland habitats and communities that depend on these precious landscapes.
Campaign With Us
We are asking you to write, to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, calling for him to recommend a 'split decision' so that:
- The offshore turbines are recommended for consent.
- The onshore infrastructure is rejected in favour of full consideration of better locations for this infrastructure where the adverse impacts are minimised at a brownfield or industrialised site.
Send a Letter: 1 Victoria St., London SW1H 0ET
Adders in Suffolk are almost exclusively found in the Sandlings heaths. Already an endangered species their habitats will be further fragmented and destroyed by the onshore development of these projects.