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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm
Received 15 January 2020
From Alan Gooderham
“Whilst fully supporting green energy initiatives, this SPR substation siting as currently proposed will dwarf our village and is just too close, extending right to the village boundary and thus much closer than previously established norms ( eg: Bramford ) As proposed the landscape and heritage impacts will permanently change both the character of the village and destroy deeply rural surround ; no mitigation can repair such. Further, the economy of our village and wider area is based on “ hikers and bikers” who come for the tranquility, countryside, footpaths and wildlife. And besides such permanent loss of tourism, los of these same features will halt the established flow of incoming residents, refreshing the community and critically under- pinning all local tradesmen. The village is a known flood risk ( as EA records will confirm). SPR proposals under this heading take no account of the wider flood risks, potential loss of existing field drainage or adequacy of our current, strained drainage ditch / infrastructure. Current substation design shows some structures at 18m. high - significantly taller than other sub stations; and perversely positions these high noise generators ( Harmonic filters) closest to the village boundary. In short, site selection process has been flawed ; the cumulative impacts have not been fully assessed and alternative sites have not been fully evaluated. It is hard to exaggerate the permanent impact of siting such a large- scale industrial complex right on our village boundary. Substation siting closer to the coast has obvious advantages to minimise cabling and position away from any community. It is essential that consideration is given to National Grid’s role here; as SPR’ development partner, they play a key role in determining site selection. And are instrumental in the wider context of other upcoming “ pipeline” infra-structure projects ( Sizewell C, Nautilus / Eurolink inter- connectors and other wind farm expansions ) - resulting in cumulative impacts and a scale of industrial development that must not be ignored. -”