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1) Complete Phase 4 Consultation (launches 2019)
2) Write a personal letter to Scottish Power & Key Influencers (scroll down for guide)
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Write to Scottish Power Renewables & Key Influencers (e.g. Local MP, Local authorities, Energy Minister)
Send your comments and views regarding Scottish Powers selection of Grove Wood, Friston proposed location for ‘onshore development’ substations.
Address written letters for the attention of:
Scottish Power Renewables EA2 & EA1N
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Include the Planning Inspectorate PINS references at the top of your letter/email:
EA2 / EA1N Substations PINS Ref: EN010078 EN010077
Scottish Powers onshore development proposals: ‘substation & grid connection’ at Grove Wood to the north of the village of Friston. It is now clearer than ever Scottish Power (SPR) have failed to act on the views of both local Suffolk authorities and the local MP. All have publicly declared Friston as the wrong location, and unsuitable for substations and grid connection.
IMPORTANT UPDATE – National Grid have confirmed it was SPR that requested a grid connection in the Sizewell/Leiston area, this has not been made clear by Scottish Power. National Grid have advised all criticism should be addressed directly to Scottish Power regarding connection points and site assessment & selection for the onshore substation/s.
In your letter:
You must address criticism of onshore development directly to Scottish Power, who have failed to include a sufficient number of ‘viable’ options for onshore development. Scottish Power have also failed to provide a single brownfield option for substation/s.
- Scottish Power only considered 4 options outside the AONB : It is now 100% clear all 4 proposals in the AONB were non-starters. SPR were not prepared to proceed with any of their own proposed locations in the AONB, is this acceptable or fair?
- How appropriate is site selection: Grove Wood, Friston is the furthest of all considered zones to the west of the AONB. This will require cable landing north of Thorpeness with the longest, most disruptive cable route through the AONB.
- Have SPR addressed the communities & stakeholders concerns about onshore development: Virtually all of Friston, the local authorities and MP are all against Scottish Powers onshore plans. RAG assessments were flawed and early consultation was inadequate. Phase 3.5 appears to have been a pointless exercise in what has been described as a shambles of a consultation.
- Why were AONB proposals considered if SPR were not serious about onshore development here? Why were NO brownfield locations proposed/considered for substations? Do you feel ‘all options’ have actually been considered by Scottish Power.
- Road infrastructure & access: Poor access – narrow country roads and lanes, not suitable for wide or heavy construction equipment, construction traffic would be dangerous to other vehicles, cyclists and walkers.
Road improvements essential before any industrial development is considered anywhere.
- Construction of the cable route and substations: 10km route from Thorpeness to Friston – Noise, dust and light pollution; negative effect on tourism; habitat loss; environmental impact (need to remove ancient woodland, remove/relocate public footpaths, main road disruption.
- How the substation/s will affect you: quality of life; visual impact; house prices; open spaces, continued access to footpaths/country walks, community life.
Ensure you also email copies of your letter/s to:
BEIS Gov UK: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Planning Inspectorate: EastAngliaTwo@pins.gsi.gov.uk EastAngliaOneNorth@pins.gsi.gov.uk
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey: email@example.com
East Suffolk/Suffolk Coastal District Council (Lisa Chandler) firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com (Energy Project Team)
Suffolk County Council (Head of Planning – John Pitchford): firstname.lastname@example.org
SASES – Action Group: email@example.com
Simply copy and paste all the additional emails listed below &…CC them in your email
firstname.lastname@example.org; EastAngliaTwo@pins.gsi.gov.uk; EastAngliaOneNorth@pins.gsi.gov.uk; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
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