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