East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm

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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm

Received 07 January 2020
From Jacob Abel

Representation

The following points will only consider the onshore and coastal impacts. They are simplified and not put into specific categories, with the intention that the full developed points can be submitted at a later date. The construction of the substation and its operation will herald intolerable levels of noise and light pollution to humans and the natural environment. This is compared to the current Sizewell B Nuclear Power station. The Suffolk coast is an AONB so should not be developed on owing to the complexity and fragility of the ecosystem. Complete disrespect is shown to OAPs, Christianity, and the rural Suffolk village way of life. Mobility and noise will be an issue for OAPs whilst there will be disruption to services and consecrated grounds. Cable-laying will scar the landscape for decades, as mitigation proposed is not sustainable and is inefficient. The substations and associated infrastructure will scar any viewpoints and disrupt normal ecosystem activities. The cable route is too long and takes a ridiculous route, lengthening it far beyond what is efficient or cost-effective. Infrastructure exists around the Sizewell area and there will be minimum disruption due to a low population density; if anything is built it should be built here. This project may set a trend for unsustainable infrastructure in protected areas and in this specific region of Suffolk, due the perception it is acceptable for this sort of development; planned projects include Sizewell C, Eurolink and Galloper expansions with their associated onshore infrastructure. Altering the local hydrological cycle by creating impermeable surfaces leading to further degradation of local roads due to run-off, and an increased flood risk for the local towns and villages. Tourism (primary industry in Suffolk) and economic growth will be decimated. The AONB will not be worth visiting and could lose its status, Aldeburgh and Snape (to name two) rely primarily on tourist activity so will lose all sources of income. Drop in house prices leading to loss of money for local residents and fleeing of holiday-home owners in order to maximise house value; associated economic losses due to lack of spending by tourists. Scottish Power have advertised that there is no harm caused by renewable energy; this company must make it clear to consumers what destruction has been done to provide 'clean' energy. There must be provision for submission of more detailed and developed points by the interested parties at a later date in order to gain a better understanding of the impacts for the examination.