Written Representations will be different things to different people, they can cover ANY matter. Some will be powerful human stories others will be a more technical issue based examination. Both are vital. Here are some suggestions:-
One final document - SPR's response to our Relevant Representations submitted in January. It may have answered some of your queries already or may throw up new questions:
As outlined above, we believe that our main focus over the next 2 weeks should be producing the best Written Representations that we can. But there are other deadlines for 2 November which we're sure some of you would like information on. A full list of deadlines for November 2 2020 can be found in the final Examination Timetable attached at Annex A of Letter 12 October 2020. We have expanded on some of the issues which we think will be most useful:
Issue Specific Hearings (ISHs) provide an opportunity for the Examining Authority (ExA) to invite Interested Parties to make oral representations about specific issues relating to the applications. Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) into Biodiversity and Habitats Regulations Assessment (offshore biodiversity, onshore biodiversity, Habitats Regulations Assessment and cumulative and in combination effects) will be held on 1 December 2020. Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) into Onshore Siting, Design and Construction (with a focus on onshore cable corridors and transmission connections, siting, BEIS Review, landscape, visual, historic environment, good design, cumulative and in combination effects) will be held on 2 and 3 of December 2020. Scroll down to Annex C of the Rule 8 Letter for further details. Detailed agendas for these hearings will be made available the week commencing 23 November 2020. Please submit any requests to be heard at these Hearings by Deadline 1 - 23.59 on Monday 2 November 2020. Please note speaking at ISHs is by invitation from the ExAs, although you can request to speak there is no guarantee you will be invited. Further ISHs will be held in January/February for which a later opportunity to request to be heard will be provided.
The Examining Authority has decided to hold further Open Floor Hearings 4 and 5 (OFHs 4-5) on 5 and 6 November 2020 so that all those who have ALREADY requested to be heard should have an allocated speaking opportunity. Scroll down to Annex D of the Rule 8 Letter for a list of Speakers and agendas. If you did request to be heard by 9 September 2020 and cannot find your name listed then please contact the Case Team as soon as possible. (see SEAS guide to useful documents attached for Case Team contact details). Whilst additional requests to be heard at OFHs 4-5 are not possible, if you wish to speak at a future Open Floor Hearing (OFH) you need to request this by Deadline 1 - 23.59 on Monday 2 November 2020.
If an Interested Party considers themselves to be digitally excluded and unable to be heard at a virtual event, the Examining Authority will consider the exceptional (personal and individual) reasons why that might be the case and may make alternative arrangements to hear the individual(s) concerned. It should be noted that such reasons need to demonstrate why an Interested Party is unable to participate in a virtual event (including by analogue telephone). Interested Parties (IPs) who do not have access to necessary technology need to identify their circumstances by Deadline 1- 23.59 on Monday 2 November 2020
Unaccompanied Site Inspections (USIs) and Accompanied Site Inspections (ASIs) are scheduled to take place w/c 18 and/or 25 January 2021. You are required to submit nominations of suggested locations and justifications for site inspections for consideration by the Examining Authority by Deadline 1. Similarly, you are required to send notification of your wish to attend an Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) by Deadline 1 - 23.59 on Monday 2 November 2020. Before making nominations, please review the published notes of unaccompanied site inspections that have already taken place. (These can be viewed on the Planning Inspectorates website. Scroll down to the 'Filter', type in 'USI' and details of Unaccompanied Site Visits should come up).
Affected Persons have a right to be heard at a CAH. Requests to be heard at CAH1 (1 December 2020) must be submitted by Deadline 1 - 23.59 on Monday 2 November 2020.
The Examining Authority has compiled its first written questions - Examining Authority First Written Questions (ExQ1). There is one that 'All Interested Parties' need to respond to:
1.14.6 Relevant projects and effects for cumulative impact assessment purposes: Are there any other projects that are not documented in the ES and are not grid connection projects at Friston (ExQ1.14.5) that are relevant and need to be considered by the ExA? • Please identify these projects and identify the public information source(s) from which you have made your assessment that they are relevant.
Looking at the existing regimes, questions have arisen regarding the suitability of the current regulatory regime for offshore wind. It is currently heavily concentrated on competitiveness, which is considered beneficial for consumers. That means that currently there is no sharing of infrastructure, and each wind farm has an individual connection to transmit the power that it generates. There are three material concerns with this: it is financially inefficient; it has a negative environmental impact; it may have a negative impact on coastal communities where connections make landfall.
Eight Offshore Wind Energy Projects are widely believed to be planned to connect to the National Grid at Friston (this does not include future windfarm projects as a result of the seabed leases awarded by the Crown Estate in relation to the Round 4 process). Cumulative impact means eight substations and interconnectors constructed sequentially or consecutively. Plus, the addition of a nuclear power station, one of the largest in the world. This will be the largest complex of energy infrastructure in the U.K. situated in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the U.K. These are judged to be ill-conceived plans where the process of choosing the site for the mega infrastructure hub is shown to be flawed. There are a number of better alternative brownfield sites for this designated vast complex.