Preliminary Meetings Involvement Form

Another Urgent Deadline - Thursday August 13, 2020 - Preliminary Meetings Involvement Form

The Planning Inspectorate has announced a public online Preliminary Meeting on Wednesday, September 16th to discuss the timetable and procedures for the forthcoming Hearings for East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two.  Prior to this meeting, the public are able to give their opinion to feed into this meeting via an online  Preliminary Meetings Involvement Form.

SEAS want to get these three critical points across for this meeting.

1.     Given the recent Review announced by BEIS, (a Review into the way that the offshore transmission network is designed and delivered, consistent with the ambition to deliver net zero emissions by 2050), the Preliminary Meetings and Examinations should be suspended until such time as the Review has been completed.

2.     Given the announcement by the Department of Culture Media and Sport on 17 July 2020, which states that business events and conferences will be permitted from 1 October 2020, the Examining Authorities should now hold physical not virtual Hearings.

3.     There should be issue-specific hearings on key onshore matters.

It is really important that as many people as possible engage with this step of the process.  The SEAS team is once again asking all our supporters to fill in this Involvement Form. There is no need to speak at the meeting, but it is vital we continue to show our strength by responding.  Below are suggested answers to the form.  Please feel free to use these as you wish.  The deadline is August 13th 2020.

To Postpone the Hearings until after the Review ACT NOW and complete the Preliminary Meetings Involvement Form

Suggested answers to the Preliminary Meetings Involvement Form


Of particular importance are: -

Question 3. Please confirm your status in the Examinations if you can

·       I am (or a person that I represent is) an Interested Party in one or both Examinations (I have been provided with a unique reference number by the Planning Inspectorate)

Question 6. I am interested in...

·       Both Applications


Question 7. Please confirm your Interested Party (IP) reference numbers, or the IP reference numbers of the organisation or person you are representing for both East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO...(If you did not manage to register as an Interested Party, then please contact SEAS on info@suffolkenergyactionsolutions.co.uk requesting group registration identity numbers)

·       EA1N 2002 .... (the last 4 digits of your number).      

·       EA2 2002 .... (the last 4 digits of your number).


Question 9. Thinking of your involvement in the Preliminary Meetings...

·       I do want to comment on the procedural arrangements proposed in the Rule 6 Letters and will make my comments in writing by Procedural Deadline A (13 August 2020), but I do not wish to speak at the Preliminary Meetings

(NB: filling out this form will be your written comments, no need to write further)


Question 10. Next steps...

·       I would like to provide the ExAs with my views on the Rule 6 Letter proposals in writing by Procedural Deadline A (13 August 2020) using this form. (If you select this option you will not need to email or write to the Case Teams.)


Question 11. I have questions about the Examination process that I would like to be considered at Agenda Items 2 or 3

·      Agenda Item 2 - EA1N and EA2.  Given the announcement by the Department of Culture Media and Sport on 17 July 2020 which states that business events and conferences will be permitted from 1 October 2020, the Examining Authorities should now hold physical not virtual Preliminary Meetings scheduled for after this date.  The venue for these meetings should be Snape Maltings as originally planned.

·      Agenda Item 3 - EA1N and EA2.  Given the announcement by the Department of Culture Media and Sport on 17 July 2020 which states that business events and conferences will be permitted from 1 October 2020, the Examining Authorities should now hold physical not virtual Hearings scheduled for after this date.  The venue for these meetings should be Snape Maltings as originally planned.


Question 12. I have questions or comments about the Initial Assessment of Principal Issues that I would like to be considered at Agenda Item 4

·      PLEASE ADD THESE QUESTIONS TO AGENDA ITEM 4 ANNEX C - EA1N and EA2 - Initial Assessment of Principal Issues

·      1. Why did the National Planning Inspectorate allow two separate DCO applications to be conjoined?   It is unprecedented and is causing twice the amount of work for both PINS and participants, thereby resulting in an unequal and unfair process, with the advantage weighing heavily in the applicant’s favour.

·      2. Why has National Grid not presented its own DCO Application, but hidden it within SPR's EAN1 and EA2 Applications?

·      3.  Annex C items 2, 11, 15 and 17 - THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT.
As an aide memoire, please list the following proposed energy projects in Annex C and asterisk items  2, 11, 15 and 17  
- NAUTILUS - National Grid Ventures - Sizewell to Belgium Interconnector + siting of a new 25m high connector station 5kms from the Friston Interconnector
- EUROLINK - National Grid Ventures - Sizewell to Holland Interconnector + siting of a new 25m high connector station 5kms from the Friston Interconnector
- SCD1 - National Grid - Sizewell to Canterbury Grid Interconnector + siting of a new 25m high connector station 5kms from the Friston Interconnector
- SCD2 - National Grid - Sizewell to Sellindge Grid Interconnector + siting of a new 25m high connector station 5kms from the Friston Interconnector
- GREATER GABBARD Windfarm Extension
- GALLOPER Windfarm Extension

Add Sizewell B & C plus EA1N & EA2 to the above, that makes a total of 10 energy projects from 2021 to 2035 and more to come with The Crown Estates' Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4.  It is completely unprecedented that a whole district should be industrialised on such a scale and ALL proposed energy developments should be seriously considered in EA1N and EA2 DCO applications, the first of the DCO's to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate.


Question 13.  I have questions or procedural requests that I would like to be considered at Agenda Item 5

·       N/A


Question 14.  I have questions or procedural requests that I would like to be considered at Agenda Item 6

·       Agenda Item 6 - EA1N and EA2. Given the recent Review announced by BEIS, (a Review into the way that the offshore transmission network is designed and delivered, consistent with the ambition to deliver net zero emissions by 2050), the Preliminary Meetings and Examinations should be suspended until such time as the Review has been completed. The Examination Authority should NOT be under a duty to complete the examination of the application by the end of the period of six months beginning with the day after the close of the Preliminary Meeting.  Rather the Examining Authority should wait until after the results of this Review has been published before embarking on scrutiny of these applications.


Question 15.  I have questions or procedural requests that I would like to be considered at Agenda Item 7

·       Agenda 7 - EA1N & EA2. The deadline for written representations, local impact reports and other submissions should be delayed until after the results of the Review have been published.


Question 16.  I have questions or procedural requests that I would like to be considered at Agenda Item 8

·      Agenda item 8 - EA1N and EA2. There should be issue specific hearings on key onshore matters.  

·      Agenda item 8 - EA1N and EA2 – ACCOMPANIED SITE VISITS  -  November 2, late Autumn, is too late to schedule Accompanied Site Visits. The land will be dormant, wild life hibernating and birds will have migrated.  In habitat and biodiversity case, where this would prevent an accurate assessment, would the ExA consider bringing them forward to August / early September prior to the PM meeting?


Question 17.  I have questions or procedural requests that I would like to be considered at Agenda Item 9

·      N/A

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THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THE FORM

The SEAS Team

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