Grove Wood, Friston was identified by Scottish Power (SPR) in early scoping. Unfortunately due to the limitations of Scottish Powers investigative study zone (blue outlined zone on study zone map), SPR seemed to fail to spot the village of Friston was immediately south of Zone 7 (Grove Wood / ) lying just outside their blue outlined study area. Failure to notify residents in the village, resulted in many Friston residents not learning of Scottish Powers plans until after the end of Phase 2 consultation. A large proportion of Friston residents were not notified of the potential threat to the village until SPRs Phase 3 consultation reaching its final days, Statement of Community Consultation ‘SoCC’ advertisements for Phase 3 failed to even mention ‘Onshore Development’. One of the main onshore requirements for offshore wind projects is a need for a vast industrial sites on land with huge industrial buildings and large clusters of exposed electricity machinery.
The failure by the developer to engage the local community (Friston residents) in early consultation ment that most villagers were unable to play a vital role in early stage consultations.
Once villagers learnt of the plans they made it clear to Scottish Power & key stakeholders that the plans were unacceptable on numerous grounds including some of the following.
The images show mock-up before and after views from Grove road, as you enter Friston from the North East. There is no screening from the road, the green edging in the ‘After’ image represents Scottish Powers proposed provision of banking around the site from this location and viewing point.