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SCOTTISH POWER & NATIONAL GRID’S DAMAGING PLANS FOR THE SUFFOLK COAST & COUNTRYSIDE

Scottish Power have submitted DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 projects asserting their intention to proceed with dangerous and damaging plans to build massive industrial substations at Grove Wood, Friston in Suffolk. Scottish Power’s proposals will destroy the character of Friston village. If DCO’s are granted the proposals will also devastate a large area of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, causing irreparable damage to tourism which is so vital to Suffolk’s coastal communities – #STOPScottishPower

ANNOUNCEMENT – You can now register as an ‘Interested Party’ 
You can now register yourself under each projects page on the Planning Inspectorate website.
You must do this by 27th January with submission of your ‘Relevant representation’ your views, concerns and/or objections to these proposals.
East Anglia One North – EA1N – PINS DCO APPLICATION >>>
East Anglia Two – EA2 – PINS DCO APPLICATION >>>

Planning Inspectorate accepts Scottish Power’s DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 

  • 22nd November 2019 – The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has confirmed  they have accepted Scottish Power’s DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 wind farm projects.
  • ‘Pre-Examination’ in this interim period full application documents are available for the public to review and study on the PINS website and locally at libraries and village halls. 
  • Examination’ applications will then move to ‘Examination’ & public hearings.

‘Pre-examination phase’ – you can now register as an interested party by submitting ‘Relevant Representation’ to the Planning Inspectorate – The registration forms are now live on the PINS website and provide the opportunity to leave a summary (500 words), your views on the applications *you will need to do this for both EA1N & EA2 as they are two separate DCO applications. 

Planning Inspectorate DCO Application Pages
East Anglia One North – 
EA1N – PINS DCO APPLICATION >>>
East Anglia Two – EA2 – PINS DCO APPLICATION >>>

DCO PROCESS – INFORMATION – PLANNING INSPECTORATE WEBSITE

News

TRENDING ….East Anglian Daily Times – A series of investigative reports from lead columnist Andrew Hirst looking at energy proposals and the effects on the AONB & Suffolk Coastal communities …more info

ELECTION 2019 – What do the Suffolk Coastal candidates think about the energy proposals ……find out here …more info

Secretary of State will review energy proposals environmental impact – Norfolk MP George Freeman has announced Andrea Leadsom has committed to review the impact of proposals on the Norfolk & Suffolk coast …more info

SASES & Friston PC send report to Planning Inspectorate  – The report provides details and supporting evidence of the failures in SPRs pre-application planning & consultations …more info

DCO applications submitted – DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 wind farms submitted to PINS …more info

Friston hit by flooding – Friston suffers floods illustrating why SPRs proposals at Grove Wood are unacceptable …more info

SEAS Campaign launched – Suffolk residents and businesses fight to protect their communities and the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB from unprecedented industrial damage 

Suffolk Coast DMO – Suffolk marketing organisation’s survey reveals considerable economic impact of energy proposals on local tourism …more info

Crown Estate Round 4 Auctions – Seabed auctions spell more damage for Suffolk Coastal communities, tourism and the AONB  

Scottish Power EA2 EA1N Substation Friston Montage

Scottish Power Renewables a UK subsidiary of Iberdrola propose to build massive wind farm substations in open countryside in rural Suffolk. Scottish Power, a company which boasts about its ‘Green’ credentials threatens to turn open fields into one of Europes biggest wind farm substations or ‘Energy Hubs’.

Wind energy has many benefits however communities in East Suffolk and the Suffolk Coast have learnt that ‘Green energy’ from offshore wind could have dire consequences for small peaceful Suffolk communities. 

Windfarm substations require huge industrial buildings and compounds. If planning is granted for Scottish Powers Energy Hub north of Friston it would set a precedent which could threaten the Suffolk countryside. The proposed cable corridor alone would require trenching and haul roads 60m wide, running 10km from Thorpeness across the AONB through Aldringham, Knodishall and Friston. The substations themselves would devastate a greenfield site and destroy the character and appeal of Friston village. 

This part of Suffolk is enjoyed by well over 8 million tourists annually. It is loved and respected by those who choose to live here. Scottish Power & others plan to make the Suffolk Coast – ‘The Energy Coast’ this shows a complete disregard for the towns, villages and open countryside that make the area so special. Numerous energy proposals including EDFs (Sizewell C/D) , SPRs onshore development for off shore wind farms and National Grid Ventures (Interconnectors Nautilus & Eurolink) could destroy the character of this part of the Suffolk Coast for ever.

The benefits WILL NEVER outweigh the devastation and destruction caused by these projectsIf we don’t stand up for ‘Our Suffolk’ we will loose it forever! Let us all act with a united voice, communities in East Suffolk & The Suffolk Coast. Say ‘NO’ to Scottish Power! #STOPScottishPower #SAVEEastSuffolk 

SCOTTISH POWER EA2 + EA1N SUBSTATIONS FRISTON THE FACTS

Protected areas devastated Suffolk Coast AONB & Sandlings SSI
+ km of cable trenches up to 64m wide
+ acres of countryside concreted over & industrialised
metre high buildings in huge industrial compounds
SPR proposed substation sites view from Grove Road, Friston before EA1N & EA2.
SPR Proposed Substaion Site View From Grove Road, Friston Before EA1N & EA2.
SPR proposed substation sites view from Grove Road, Friston after EA1N & EA2
SPR Proposed Substation Sites Indicative View From Grove Road, Friston After EA1N & EA2.

TOO BIG
35+ acres of industrial buildings and concrete over a greenfield site in the countryside.

TOO CLOSE
Just a few hundred metres from Friston Village, villagers homes and listed property including the Grade II* listed church which dates back to the 14th century.
The substations will dwarf Friston village and will be visible from all routes into the village.
The substation complex will permanently blight Friston village, and will be detrimental to Friston residents quality of life and the value of their property, especially closer to the substations to the north of the village.

TOO DISRUPTIVE
Construction issues – Roads and country lanes are unsuitable to handle heavy or wide construction traffic. The proposals would be dangerous for other vehicles, cyclists and walkers using the roads.
Noise, dust and light pollution during the build.
Legacy of negative visual impact, potential of anti-social noise and light pollution during operation./span>

TOO DESTRUCTIVE
Unacceptable flood risk to Friston village and residents homes from surface water proposals.
Destruction of habitat for rare wildlife including 3 species of bat, badgers and barn owls all found at the Friston location.
Longest and most disruptive cable route required 10+ km long and up to 64 metres wide digging up swathes of the AONB.
Loss of amenity, loss of well used footpaths and loss of village allotments.
Digging up and closure of popular coastal footpaths including over a mile of the ‘Sandlings Walk’ between Friston and Coldfair Green.
Possible closure of Thorpeness beach during cable landing.
A precedent would be set that could threaten other towns and villages and the Suffolk we know and love.

LANDSCAPE SCARRED BY CABLE ROUTE

Example of wind farm cable route construction.

DEVASTATING CUMULATIVE IMPACT

Effectively 6 projects are proposed for this small area on Suffolk Coast. 

EDF – Sizewell C1 & C2 | Scottish Power – Cable route and substations for EA1N and EA2 wind farms | National Grid Ventures – Nautilus & Eurolink Interconnectors and substations. 

Plus rumours existing wind farms Greater Gabbard & Galloper intend to expand (further destruction of AONB, farmland, heathland, and onshore coastline).
The Crown Estate has also launched round 4 of offshore wind auctions so even more could threaten this area. 

Energy proposals combined impact Suffolk Coastal map.

SIGN THE PETITION

The Petition – Lend Your Voice

Sign our petition – Over 2000 Say ‘NO’ to Scottish Powers proposals to build industrial substations at Friston in Suffolk countryside. #STOPScottishPower from damaging communities and villages in and around the Suffolk Coast. 

Make sure your town, village or community isn’t next – Sign our petition

If you value communities and the sanctity of village life within the East Suffolk Countryside and The Suffolk Coast – Sign our petition

SAY NO to Scottish Power Substation Friston Sign our petition

 

Sign up to our Change.org petition to Save East Suffolk.

SASES.ORG.UK stands for ‘Substation Action Save East Suffolk’ we are an action group representing the communities in East Suffolk and on the Suffolk Coast. Whilst we all need electricity we should not have to suffer at the hands of big power companies. We aim to fight poor decisions that impact on communities and residents in East Suffolk and we will hold energy companies and government energy policy to account.

We will expose the poor consultation and decision making of Scottish Power Iberdrola. 
We will fight for communities and the sanctity of village life. 
We will stop industrialisation of the countryside  a precedent cannot be made allowing Scottish Power or other energy companies to build substations next to villages or towns within rural locations. The government needs to agree designated locations for this kind of energy infrastructure.  
We will push for joined up thinking and sense on energy policy, we will Save East Suffolk! 

We stand with a united voice, residents in East Suffolk and the Suffolk Coast will not accept this precedent to be set. We will fight to ensure substations are not built in randomly selected locations when there is suitable land closer to Sizewell, nearer to the coast and cable landfall.  The energy companies must work together with EDF (Sizewell Power Station) & Magnox (Sizewell – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) they must find an acceptable solution that causes less damage to communities and the sensitive environment of the Suffolk Coast AONB.
SAY NO TO THE SCOTTISH POWER SUBSTATION FRISTON