Ray Pearce has lead the campaign against the onshore development proposals for Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm. Mr Pearce posted an update on the ruling on the judicial review which recently quashed the DCO (Development Consent Order) for Norfolk Vanguard. Mr Pearce has now offered to provide any assistance he can to help us fight Scottish Power’s EA1N & EA2 proposals here in Suffolk and we are extremely grateful.
SASES welcomes the findings of the review and the judgement as many of the issues mirror those in Scottish Power’s EA1N & EA2 DCOs. In some respects Scottish Powers DCO proposals would have an even more profound & damaging impact here in Suffolk, as there is no existing grid infrastructure or substations at Grove Wood, Friston. At Necton in Norfolk there was already some existing infrastructure and an existing National Grid substation built for a previous development.
SASES stands firm in asserting that National Grid and Scottish Power have NOT made fair assessment of reasonable alternatives for EA1N & EA2 DCOs, neither in the immediate area or further afield. We will continue to push along with our MP Therese Coffey for a more suitable solution either a brownfield connection point like Bradwell in Essex, or via an existing grid connection point like Bramford in Suffolk. Developers must explore all avenues including an offshore ring main and multi-point connection hubs closer to London and the South East where most of the electricity is actually required.
It is clearer than ever that there is something inherently wrong in how offshore wind projects are devised and planned. The onshore elements are huge and the current piecemeal approach has a totally unacceptable impact on the onshore environment. Onshore development proposals represent unnecessary damage that National Grid and power companies do not seem to want to acknowledge.
This judgement proves that National Grid and energy project developers must find better alternatives and fast. The ball is now firmly in the court of energy companies to stand up and rise to this challenge.
We have published the full update below which links to the historic judgement.