Scottish Powers DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 wind farms assert an intention to proceed with dangerous and damaging plans to build massive industrial substations at Grove Wood, Friston in Suffolk. Scottish Power & National Grid’s proposals set a precedent for unnecessary industrialisation in the Suffolk countryside, and the systematic destruction of the character and sanctity of the peaceful village ‘Friston’. If DCO’s are granted a precedent will be set for these and other uncoordinated energy projects to cause many years of repeated damage to our communities in East Suffolk, our businesses our tourism/hospitality industry and the protected landscape of our Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB – #STOPScottishPower #SuffolkDeservesBetter


A ‘Rule 8 Letter’ has been sent out detailing the final Examination Timetable – ISHs Issue Specific Hearings & deadlines for written representations and submissions – Rule 8 letter & published Examination Timetable >>
The Rule 8 letter is the published final timetable for the EA1N & EA2 DCOs examination. This timetable replaces the draft timetable set out in the Rule 6 letter. 
Annex A sets out key dates in the timeline – November 2nd is a key date for providing your WRs ‘Written Representations’ 
Written Representations are effectively a written account of your concerns and views. Interested Parties are requested to submit a written representation and where possible include source materials/evidence e.g. diagrams, photos, data, comment from industry bodies, publications, experts or company statements, reference to other projects and proposals as well as anything you feel pertinent to your case/submission.  

2nd November – Deadline to request to speak at ISHs Issue Specific Hearings 1&2 
2nd November – Deadline to request to speak at additional OFHs Open Floor Hearings (Scheduled for 5&6th November) 
Contact PINs help desk on 0303 444 500

Scottish Power EA1N & EA2
DCO Application Timeline

  • 22nd November 2019 – The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) accepted Scottish Power’s DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 wind farm projects. 
  • ‘Pre-Examination’ – Application documents are available for the public to review and study on the PINS website and locally at libraries and village halls.
  • ‘Relevant Representations’ – Submission of your personal views and concerns
  • ‘Examination Phase’ – As set out in the Rule 8 Letter

    • ‘Preliminary Meeting’ – Wednesday 16 September 2020 (10am) & Tuesday 6 October 2020 (if required).
    • ‘Open Floor Hearings’ – Wednesday 7th October, Thursday 8th October & Friday 9th October.
    • 2nd November – ‘Written Representations’ submission deadline.   
    • 2nd November – Written response/feedback for ‘Open Floor Hearings’. 
    • 2nd November – Notify PINs of your wish to speak at ISH1 & ISH2.
    • 2nd November – Notify PINs of your wish to speak at additional OFHs (Open Floor Hearings scheduled 5th & 6th November)

Full details and timeline are available in the Rule 8 letter and ANNEX


Planning Inspectorate Website Links
East Anglia One North – EA1N – PINS DCO APPLICATION >>
East Anglia Two – EA2 – PINS DCO APPLICATION >>

Let’s be prepared! 
A plea by SASES – If you registered as an Interested Party remember to finish & submit your Written Representations by ‘Deadline 1’ 2nd November 2020

Over 800 individuals submitted relevant representations at the outset. 150 individuals sought to speak at the first set of Open Floor Hearings earlier this month – too many to be heard!

The Examiners took due note of the numbers wishing to speak on EA1N & EA2 proposals. Those unable to participate, will be able to request to speak at additional Open Floor Hearings on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November.

The Examiners will have been struck by the volume and passion of opposition to the proposals; the detail and diversity of issues and the incisiveness with which they were presented.

The impetus and solidarity of opposition can be built upon in your Written Representations! 

 – Write about issues of the greatest concern to you, even if you think they may have been covered by others.

– Follow the guidelines set out in the first eight pages of the 42 page ‘Rule 8 Letter’. 

– Remember to include in your submission details of any supporting materials you are using. 

– In your Written Representations, please refer to anyone you agree with or support. If you agree with SASES, please write that you lend support to the Written Representations of SASES & others e.g. MP Therese Coffey. 

You can now watch the recordings of OFHs 1-3 – they are a fantastic resource and may assist you with your written representations.

Thank you for your support!

Liz Thomas and Simon Ive

Latest News

Offshore Transmission Review – BEIS Announcement   – 15th July 2020
Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is to review the offshore transmission network and how wind farms and inter-connectors can be most effectively connected to the UK grid …SASES will press for EA1N & EA2 projects to be part of this review as there cannot be a precedent for needless development in the countryside next to Friston village ….more info

SASES – 11 June 2020
Norfolk MPs lobby Kwasi Kwarteng, Energy Minister at BEIS on issues around offshore wind farms and how they connect to the onshore grid, to avoid Energy Firms having to dig up the (Norfolk) countryside for separate onshore cable corridors and substations for each new Wind Farm …more info – 2 June 2020
The UK government has refused planning permission for Vattenfall’s up to 340MW Thanet 2 wind farm off the south-east coast of England …more info

Eastern Daily Press – 2 June 2020
Ofgem to look into an offshore ring main (ORM) to avoid Energy Firms having to dig up the (Norfolk) countryside for separate onshore cable corridors and substations in order to link each new Wind Farm to the National Grid …more info

Planning Inspectorate asks for your views on plans for virtual DCO meetings & hearings, SASES send letter to examiners expressing concerns …more info

Wildlife in lockdown – The badger set at Grove Wood shows how wildlife is thriving, however many are concerned about the impact Scottish Power’s proposals will have on local wildlife and ecology …more info

More News

EA1N & EA2 DCO’s – Lead Examiner has announced Scottish Power failed to advertise/promote the fixed date of the commencement of Hearings

Rhyd Smith confirmed SPR failed to provide requisite press, public and site notices to meet the specified 21-day period …more info

24th February 2020 – SASES learns of National Grids plans for even more energy projects for Sizewell/Leiston/Friston …more info

23rd February 2020 – Over 800 ‘Relevant Representations’ published on PINs website for each of Scottish Power’s DCOs EA1N & EA2 …more info

32 Suffolk Parish Councils call for Secretary of State at BEIS to urgently review east Suffolk energy proposals and for immediate suspension of EA1N & EA2 DCO’s …more info 

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

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

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

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 


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

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

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.

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>

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.


Example of wind farm cable route construction.


Energy proposals combined impact Suffolk Coastal map.

SUFFOLK WARNING – Up to 10 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. 

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.