SPR COMMENCE ONSHORE GROUND INVESTIGATION WORKS
13 April 2021, SEAS
Many residents were alarmed to see ScottishPower Renewables commencing ground investigation works last week.
The distress caused by this is a tiny foretaste of what is to come if we do not stop these plans.
There is massive concern that this drilling will damage the aquifers that lie under the ground here.
SPR COMMENCE OFFSHORE GROUND INVESTIGATION WORKS OFF THE COAST OF THORPENESS
12 April 2021, SEAS
Investigation works are taking place just off the coast of Thorpeness in front of the proposed East Anglia One North and TWO landfall location. A Jack-Up will move location within a 1-2km arc to target 10 different areas as indicated on the above map. The works are taking place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Works are expected to be completed by the end of May. The works will involve borehole drilling to collect samples and cone penetration testing to determine the strength of the ground depth.
There is massive concern amongst the local community. The protective qualities of the coralline ridges off the coast at Thorpeness are recognised as being important in protecting the fragile coastline at Thorpeness and will represent a liability to the vulnerability of the shoreline if compromised
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.
Request for Information, SEAS Additional Submission 22 February 2021
Complaint Letter, SEAS Additional Submission 14 February 2021
SUFFOLK COASTAL MP, THERESE COFFEY, CAMPAIGN TO REJECT HUGE SUBSTATIONS AT FRISTON
24 February 2021, Therese Coffey MP
Therese Coffey MP for Suffolk Coastal made a verbal submission to the Planning Inspectorate against SPR’s proposal for huge substations at Friston and the associated cabling corridor from Thorpeness, which, if approved, would have a devastating impact on the local area including elements of the AONB. Instead, Therese continues to suggest more appropriate locations like the brownfield site at Bradwell.
Reform of Offshore Wind Industry backed by MPs, Eastern Daily Press, 2 November 2020
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
SHOCK AND DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE COUNCILS CHANGE IN POSITION ON SPRS PROPOSALS
3 February 2021
The seven closest town and parish councils to suffer the brunt of the disruption and chaos from the onshore development of ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) East Anglia One North (EA1N) and East Anglia Two wind farms have sent a joint letter to Steve Gallant leader at East Suffolk District Council. The letter expresses surprise and disappointment at the councils unexpected about face from an ‘object’ position to a neutral position.
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
Beezy Bailey and Laurence Edwards donate their fabulous art to SEAS draw
14 December 2020
Beezy Bailey and Laurence Edwards donate their fabulous art to SEAS draw.
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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'
Send a Letter: 1 Victoria St., London SW1H 0ET for Scottish Power Renewables Applications, 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.
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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.