Grove Wood to the north of Friston was identified by Scottish Power (SPR) in their early scoping. Unfortunately due to the limitations of Scottish Powers investigative study zone (blue outlined zone on study zone map), SPR failed to spot the village of Friston was immediately south of Zone 7 (Grove Wood), lying just outside their blue outlined study area. It appears whilst other communities were notified of proposed substation appraisal sites, Scottish Power failed to notify or engage residents of Friston village during the early stages of consultation. Most residents of Friston did not learn of Scottish Powers plans until after the end of Phase 2 consultation.
Most residents of Friston were not alerted to the potential threat to the village until Scottish Power’s Phase 3 consultation was reaching its final days. This failure to engage Friston, meant villagers had insufficient time to understand and provide informed opinion on proposals. Scottish Powers ‘Statement of Community Consultation’ ‘SoCC’ advertisements for Phase 3 failed to mention ‘Onshore Development’ requirements. 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 meant that most villagers were unable to play a vital role in early stage consultations.
Once villagers learnt of Scottish Powers proposals they made it clear to Scottish Power & key stakeholders that the plans were unacceptable on numerous grounds including some of the following.
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. Residents living in Friston have legitimate fears for their health and the safety of their homes due to the significant increase in flood risk posed by Scottish Powers propsals.
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.
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.