Scottish Power Renewables have reacted to strong objections to their plans to support these windfarms by building substations inland away from the coast at Friston by running an additional Phase of Consultation ‘Phase 3.5’ which includes the proposal to site the substations on land to the west of the Sizewell. The Phase 3.5 Consultation has been extended and will now run to 12th November.
SPR’s amended SoCC (Statement of Community Consultation) reflects the ‘alternative option’ of siting the substation at Broom Covert, Sizewell in the AONB. It also sets out the proposed construction traffic and transportation aspects of the projects which are very concerning to the Society. Irrespective of which site is chosen for the substations, it is now clear that the plan is to route HGVs used in the construction of the landfall site at Thorpeness from the A12 down the A1094 to Aldeburgh and up the B1122 to the B1353 and to Thorpeness.
This means HGVs coming into Aldeburgh down the Saxmundham Road and turning at the Roundabout to take the Leiston Road. SPR claim that the route is wide enough to allow two way HGV traffic. Aldeburgh residents know full well that this is not credible. In addition the Roundabout is always congested and is used by schoolchildren on their way to and from Aldeburgh primary school, residents going to the two supermarkets and the pub as well as those using the Jubilee Path.
This new consultation has revealed just how damaging these proposal are for the entire region and the Aldeburgh Society will be objecting strongly to what is emerging as a plan to turn East Suffolk into an Energy Hub.emerging as a plan to turn East Suffolk into an Energy Hub.
Check out the update HERE.
And the Society's response from August HERE.
The traffic and transport fact sheet is here
We will be repeating our original objection that “Buildings of this type should not be built in an AONB and the NPPF states that development in an AONB should only take place in exceptional circumstances. We note that the substations for EA1 (South) are being placed many miles inland and we would recommend a similar approach for these proposed wind farms. The substations should be sited away from villages and well screened.” And adding our objection to the proposed transport route.
Residents are urged to fill in SPR’s feedback form on
And/or to email: Heading: EA Two & EA One North Phase 3.5 Consultation
The Planning Inquiry sat for six days in the Community Centre from 11 September to 19 September to hear MS Oakes Ltd’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the proposed development for 43 new homes in the clay pit at the old Brickworks off Saxmundham Road. The Aldeburgh Town Council, supported by the Aldeburgh Society, were represented by planning consultant Neil Ward and leading counsel. Society members and other local residents were out in force to hear the arguments put by all sides and Suffolk Coastal District Council put up a strong case in defence of its decision to refuse planning permission. The decision is expected before Christmas. A big thank you to those who contributed to the cost of our representation.
More information on our dedicated page.
East Anglia Two and One North Offshore Wind Farm’s Public Consultation Exercise: an additional phase of consultation has been added.
The Aldeburgh Society and others strongly objected to the proposal to site the substation to support these windfarms inland away from the coast and to the choice of Zone 7 (Friston) in particular. It seems that the campaign to oppose the siting of the substation at Friston has had some effect as Scottish Power have announced that they are to run an additional Phase of Consultation ‘Phase 3.5’. SPR have announced inclusion of EDF land to the west of the Sizewell Power station, as an alternative location for onshore development of substations/grid connections. Phase 3.5 Consultation will run from the 29th September to 29th October. SPR have released an amended SoCC (Statement of Community Consultation) to reflect the ‘alternative option’ land.A series of public meetings will take place in October to provide more details and opportunity for community/stakeholder engagement.
Check out the update HERE.
And the Society's response from August HERE.
The Aldeburgh Society’s response to the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan Consultation can be accessed here:
The Society was broadly supportive of the draft Local Plan but was concerned about the need for affordable housing and anxious that the Council adhere to its policy of not permitting change of use from retail/commercial to residential in the hope that Aldeburgh not become completely populated by second homes/ rental properties. The Society was also clear that the Garret Era Area protections in the existing plan needed to be maintained.
East Suffolk District Council: Draft recommendations on the new electoral arrangements
The Aldeburgh Society has responded to the Boundary Commission's draft recommendations which follow the merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal District Councils and conclude that Aldeburgh should become part of a ward known as Sandlings to include Snape, Friston, Iken, Sudbourne, Orford and Gedgrave and be represented by one councillor.
The Aldeburgh Society believes this proposal and the knock on effects it would create will be damaging for Aldeburgh and should be rejected.The Aldeburgh Society calls for the creation of a three member ward including Leiston and surrounding communities.
See a copy of our response HERE.
East Anglia Two and One North Offshore Wind Farm’s Public Consultation Exercise
Phase 3 Site Selection ended on 28 August.
The Aldeburgh Society has strongly objected to the present proposals to site the substation to support these windfarms inland away from the coast and to the choice of Zone 7 (Friston) in particular. As we said in our response to the earlier consultation, our focus is on the effect of your plans on the AONB in which Aldeburgh lies and we believe that the present proposals will severely damage the AONB and must be resisted at all costs. We also most strongly support the objections raised by the Friston community to be found at SASES.org.uk website particularly with respect to the height of the proposed installations and their impact on an existing rural community. The society's response is available HERE.
Scottish Power Renewables: East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two wind farm projects. If you missed the information days, see their website for information about these important projects.
Community Consultation Phase 3 is now underway until 28th August. Details of linked events can be found here.
The Aldeburgh Society has responded to the initial consultation. A copy of our response email is available on request: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the development of 43 houses at Brickfield Barns, Saxmundham Road, Suffolk. The result of this will be determined by Public Inquiry, to be held on 11 September 2018. The Society opposes the application; information on why, how to support us, and progress reports, can be found on our dedicated page.
Our Spring Party on the 18th May was a great evening; tickets sold out and a fabulous time was had by all. Thanks to the Red House for hosting us, to Rosa for helping out once again, and to Mel at the Aldeburgh Café for some truly wonderful canapés.
Special thanks go to the guides at the Red House who kindly took members on informal tours around the house.
A copy of the original letter to founding members of the Aldeburgh Society, which Sarah Bardwell read at the party, can be read here.