These three days of Open Floor Hearings (links to audio below) marked the beginning of the Examination into EA1N and EA2. We heard 62 very powerful presentations clearly laying out our objections to SPR’s ill-conceived plans.
We finally had the opportunity to begin to show our strength of feeling to the Inspectorate. We must be hopeful that our contributions strike a chord. Many thanks to those that spoke
If you didn't get a speaking slot you can still request one by writing to the Case Team by 2 November EastAngliaOneNorth@planninginspectorate.gov.ukEastAngliaOneNorth@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
The Secretary of State has granted a three month extension to the Examination.
During the recent development consent order hearings (DCO), the Suffolk Energy Action Solutions group (SEAS) brought to the attention of the inspectors the fact that 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. There can be no justification for making payments or imposing conditions which undermine a statutory planning inquiry conducted in accordance with public law principles.