16.01.2020 Look out for this leaflet being posted through local residents letter boxes over the next few days
Object to these ill-conceived plans to carve up East Suffolk’s unique countryside from Thorpeness Cliffs through Aldringham and Knodishall into the heart of Friston, and to build massive electrical substations in an area the size of 9 football pitches. If we fail to stop these two substations, there will be an onslaught of at least six more substations and interconnectors following on in quick succession, across this same region, amounting to 54 football pitches of concrete and steel.
SPR has submitted applications to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) and the more people that register their concerns the greater chance to halt the process. We are supportive of offshore wind energy, but these plans for the onshore transmission infrastructure are brutal and would destroy our Heritage Coast and tourist economy. Don’t let these big foreign companies ride roughshod over our local communities and precious environment. There are better alternative solutions, brownfield sites and offshore hubs and ringmains.
What you need to do NOW. You need to register as an “Interested Party” for both windfarms at the PINS website.
How to Register:
1. Type in your personal details
2. List your comments / bullet points, no more than 500 words, include your own major concern.
It is as simple as that. It will take you ten minutes. That ten minutes could make a huge difference to the future of coastal Suffolk. No exaggeration, this is a pivotal moment for everyone who cares about saving our fragile and precious countryside, our wildlife, our dark skies and tranquillity.
Now repeat the process for EA2 https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/east-anglia-two-offshore-windfarm/?ipcsection=relreps
If you would like help to “Register” please call 01728 454 286
Sample of objection might look like this:
Dear Examining Authority,
RE: EAST ANGLIA NORTH ONE (and EAST ANGLIA TWO)
I wish to object to this ScottishPower Renewables planning application, for the following reasons:
- Cumulative impact on local communities of up to 7 energy projects occurring consecutively over 12 to 15 years
- Unsuitability and fragility of Thorpeness Cliffs as site for landing cables
- Use of unspoilt countryside at Friston for substation complexes the size of Wembley Stadium
- Substations dangerously close and dominating a small village liable to flooding
- 11Km of cable trenches,destroying environmentally sensitive areas
- Cable trenches and haul roads too close to residential homes.
- Threat to wildlife and the important Sandlings Heath
- Severing the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB causing problems to migrating species and severing the wildlife corridor
- Destruction of ancient woodland
- Local road network unsuitable for the high traffic levels and more HGVs
- Light pollution.Suffolk’s famous dark skies lost
- Noise pollution. Suffolk’s famous peace and tranquillity lost
- Air pollution from traffic and trenches dug through Suffolk’s light sandy soil which blows/runs away, causing visibility hazard and health issues
- Increased traffic on roads, a danger to cyclists and residents
- Emergency Services.Inevitable delays endangering lives
- In event of a Nuclear incident the evacuation routes would be severely hampered
- Impact on tourism. DMO report says traffic congestion and related issues would deter tourists fromcoming to the area
- Impact on businesses.Loss of trade, visitor income, jobs leading to social and economic decline
- Permanent and temporary closure of PRoWs (footpaths, bridleways, byways and cycle paths)
Just choose the ones you think important. If you wish, add your own concerns and use the full 500 words. See more detailed info at the campaign websites: suffolkenergyactionsolutions.co.uk : sases.org.uk : saveoursandlings.org.uk
Remember to register for both windfarm projects: EA1N and EA2.
The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) has stated publicly that it wants to engage with both the Norwegian and U.K. authorities to pull them into the development of the offshore hub. As well as offshore wind expertise and access to the North Sea, both can also use oil and gas know-how to store hydrogen in offshore reservoirs and retrofit gas pipelines to transport hydrogen instead. A spokesperson for BEIS said: “The government recognizes the benefits of hybrid projects, including joint interconnector and wind projects, which may develop into efficient and cost-effective solutions to help the U.K. decarbonize. We are continuing to engage with stakeholders and developers to understand the potential benefits of these projects.”
Installing an additional 30GW within ten years will require significant changes to a range of policy frameworks, and co-operation between government and industry, writes Christopher Hopson