SASES - Seeks Judicial Review

SASES have commenced judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, currently Kwasi Kwarteng, in respect of his decisions to grant development consent for Scottish Power’s proposed EA1N & EA2 wind farm projects.

The grounds on which SASES is seeking judicial review only relate to the onshore part of these projects. The grounds relate to the following matters:

❌  Flood risk
❌  Noise impacts
❌ Heritage Impacts
❌ The cumulative impact of up to a further five energy projects which if connecting  at Friston will require further  cable routes, and the building of more industrial infrastructure covering approximately 75 acres.
❌ Failure of SPR & National Grid to adequately consider alternative sites.
❌ The absence of a commitment that EA1N will generate 800MW and EA2 will generate 900MW of renewable energy. 

SASES strongly supports offshore wind and has only taken this action due to the deep flaws in the onshore aspects of these projects and the associated decision making.

Fellow campaign groups SEAS is also seeking judicial review on different issues see:

Latest News & Events

Monday 23rd May –  Press release SASES seeks judicial review on DCO’s granted for EA1N & EA2 wind farms.
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Thursday 7th April – 7pm SASES information event at Friston Village Hall. An update on BEIS DCO decision, Q&A session.

Wednesday 13th April – 6pm to 7pm National Grid ‘Sealink Suffolk Overview’ public webinar. Register online at the project page her


Kwasi Kwarteng Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today granted DCOs allowing  Scottish Power and National Grid to build a huge industrial energy complex next to the quiet village of Friston.

This decision is hugely disappointing and frustrating for everyone who has challenged these deeply flawed projects. It is clear BEIS accepts that these projects cause unacceptable and unnecessary environmental damage onshore having set up the ‘Offshore Transmission Network Review’ to find better solutions. However despite the Review’s terms of reference BEIS has cravenly accepted Scottish Power’s and National Grid’s refusal to engage in the Review in respect of these projects.

Over the years SASES has vigorously challenged these projects employing a specialist planning barrister and industry leading experts who pointed out in unequivocal terms the manifold serious defects. Whilst this challenge led to a number of significant improvements on environmental impact in terms of construction, design, landscape mitigation, flood impacts and noise, those improvements do not adequately mitigate the severe environmental damage. Further the defective approach to site selection by National Grid and Scottish Power remains as does their failure to admit let alone address that Friston could become the connection hub for at least five other offshore projects.

The onshore development is in the wrong place as a result of National Grid’s and Scottish Power’s mismanagement and lack of transparency. The issues surrounding cumulative impact are mounting and Kwasi Kwartengs decision is deeply concerning, it seems cumulative impact is unimportant when it comes to development here on the Suffolk coast

SASES will decide in the light of all current circumstances whether a challenge to this decision by judicial review is appropriate and likely to result in this project being stopped once and for all.


If DCO’s are granted a precedent will be set for these and other 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

NEW – Mini documentary ‘Suffolk Under Threat’ film launch

A huge thank you to Zero Gravity Films for making this film highlighting the threats faced by the AONB and Suffolk coastal communities, organisations & businesses.

Numerous energy projects threaten the Suffolk Coast


Scottish Power’s DCO applications for EA1N & EA2 wind farms assert an intention to proceed with dangerous and damaging plans to build massive ‘onshore’ 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 peaceful Friston village.

Energy proposals include:
EDF – Sizewell C (2 proposed new nuclear reactors).

Scottish Power
– EA1N & EA2 offshore wind farms cable routes & onshore substations (2 proposed wind farms).

National Grid Ventures – Nautilus & Eurolink interconnectors & onshore convertor stations (2 proposed UK/EU subsea cables).

National Grid – UK interconnectors SCD1 & SCD2 (2 proposed UK grid connectors).

RWE & SSE – 5 Estuaries proposed offshore wind farm extension.

RWE – North Falls proposed offshore wind farm extension.

The cumulative impact is unprecedented in such a small area, and could involve energy infrastructure built on 100’s of acres of the Suffolk countryside, including within the AONB. There would be years of local disruption for numerous Suffolk towns, villages and local businesses with 1000’s of daily HGV movements, dust & light pollution.

Substations will destroy the countryside



More than 35 acres of huge industrial buildings, ugly paraphernalia and concrete proposed on a greenfield site in the countryside, just metres from a small village.


Within a few hundred metres of Friston Village, homes and listed property including the Grade II* listed church which dates back to the 14th century.
– Substations will dwarf Friston village.
– Substations will be visible from all routes into the village.
– Substations will permanently damage the character of Friston village.
– The development will be detrimental to Friston residents health, quality of life and will blight  villagers homes.


– Local road network and narrow country lanes are unsuitable to handle heavy or wide construction traffic.
– SPR’s traffic management proposals are too dangerous for vehicles, cyclists & walkers using the roads & footpaths.
– Unacceptable noise, dust and light pollution during the build.
– Unacceptable anti-social noise and light pollution during operation – if consented. 


– Unacceptable increased flood risk to Friston village and homes due to inadequate surface water management plans.
– Destruction of wildlife habitats including protected bats, badgers, skylarks and barn owls.
– Long cable route 10km long, 64 metres wide digging up a swathe of AONB land. 
– Loss of amenity, loss of well used footpaths and loss of village allotments.
– Closure of popular coastal footpaths including over a mile of the ‘Sandlings Walk’ between Friston and Coldfair Green.
National Grid’s ‘trojan horse’ if the Secretary of State consents to these DCO proposals it will set a precedent for more connections and more damaging industrialisation of the Suffolk countryside.

Landscapes will BE scarred by cable route

Example of wind farm cable route construction.


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