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.

  • TOO BIG – The proposed site is huge, plans show a 35+ acre development of warehouse style buildings and industrial equipment with access roads and concrete hardstand in place of open fields, hedges and woodland.
  • TOO CLOSE – The proposed site, buildings and equipment are just metres from the village envelope. Some homes and listed buildings lie within a completely inadequate 250m buffer (typically a buffer of 500-600 metres is used). Scottish Powers plans would set a precedent for industrialisation of a country landscape, their plans would destroy the sanctity of village life for residents.
  • TOO DISRUPTIVE  -The roads and country lanes surrounding the proposed site are too narrow for large vehicles and HGVs, proposed location to buil
  • TOO DESTRUCTIVE – The proposals require industrial build next to a small village, destroying the character and charm of Friston village. The cable route is the longest of all scoped options with unacceptable damage to the AONB from trenching and cable laying at Thorpeness and over the Sandlings. Large stretches of the Sandlings Walk will be ploughed up en route to Friston, potential beach, footpath and road closures over a 5+ year period. 
Opposition to Scottish Powers Proposals 
Both the local authorities and local MP Therese Coffey have made it clear to Scottish Power that they consider the Friston site to be ‘unsuitable’ and the wrong location for substations, however Scottish Power have not listened. Scottish Power have proceeded with a blinkered approach to their consultation process, where the views of the local authorities, the local MP and the local community stand for nothing.
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 View From Grove Road, Friston 'After' EA1N & EA2.

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.