Scottish Power EA1N and EA2 windfarm projects
Progress in the campaign for a national strategy for onshore infrastructure associated with offshore windfarms: The Government announced in mid-July a review into the offshore transmission network (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/offshore-transmission-network-review). Many of the East Anglian projects fall into the medium-term category as set out in the review (Medium-term: 2025-2030, those wind farms where a seabed lease has been granted, but no planning permission is in place). More on this on our website.
Closer to home: Members will know that the formal planning application ('Development Consent Order) for the two offshore windfarms has been submitted and accepted for detailed examination by the Planning Inspectorate under the procedure for considering major national infrastructure projects. The Planning Inspectorate intends to start the Examination process in September, and it has to be completed within a fixed period of six months. The earlier parts of the process would be conducted virtually.
We have registered the Society as an Interested organisation, giving us the right to submit documents and speak at hearings. We are urging that the process be delayed until physical meetings are again possible to ensure fair hearing of all local views. We are also urging that all 10 major power projects under way in Suffolk be taken fully into account, rather than being examined piecemeal. We are also arguing that the Examination should not be completed until the Government review is published.
Despite our strong opposition and that of many others, virtual hearings of Scottish Power’s applications are going ahead. The first round of Open Floor Hearings (OFH) are to be held from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th October 2020. Members of the public can be heard and the deadline to ask to be involved is 9 September.
For more information about latest developments: please see those of the various action groups –
SEAS: https://www.suffolkenergyactionsolutions.co.uk SASES: http://sases.org.uk Anglian Energy Planning Alliance: https://anglianenergyplanningalliance.com
EDF Sizewell C
EDF has moved to virtual hearings (again in the face of strong local opposition) and the development consent order (DCO) application is in the pre-examination phase. The public can access the documents and share their views with the Planning Inspectorate. This phase runs until September 30. The application is tens of thousands of pages long and consists of 600-plus documents. For more information on how to access the documents see EDF’s website:
We are formulating the Aldeburgh Society’s detailed response. Do get in touch with your thoughts.
In the meantime, East Suffolk Council is holding a free debate on Sizewell C Thursday (3 September). Councillors will not be whipped and if members want to lobby councillors you can do so by 2 September. The Stop Sizewell C website stopsizewellc.org has more news & information including about their live and virtual meetings planned for 5 and 7 September.