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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm
Received 17 January 2020
From Mirriam Jan MacKenzie
“i write to object to this ScottishPower Renewables planning application for a wide variety of reasons that I outline below. Firstly we are a group of communities that have experienced up to seven energy projects over the last 12 to 15 years. This is a large amount and has impacted the area to a great extent. I am also concerned about the amount of unspoilt countryside that will be destroyed for the establishment of substation complexes at Friston, together with the destruction of ancient woodland, the threat to local wildlife and the severing of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB which will cause problems for migrating species and sever the wildlife corridor. Further, the 11km of cable trenches will destroy environmentally sensitive areas and the Thorpeness Cliffs - fragile and vulnerable as they are - will surely be destroyed with the cables being landed at this point. The small village close to the proposed substations is already in danger of flooding and the substation at such close proximity will increase the risk. The cable trenches and haul roads sites are dangerously close to residential homes. The whole proposed road network will, indeed, increase traffic considerably, endangering cyclist and residents, cause inevitable delays to emergency services and severely hamper emergency evacuation in the event of a nuclear incident. There must be concerns about light pollution caused by the infrastructure, destroying Suffolk's famous dark skies, and further concerns about air pollution from increased traffic and trench building in the local light and sandy soil. The peace and tranquillity of the area will also be destroyed. Tourism would be greatly affected - the DMO report states that traffic congestion and related issues would deter tourists from visiting the area. Business would subsequently be adversely affected and jobs may be at risk. There are also concerns about the permanent and temporary closure of PRoWs. I am an ardent supporter of renewable energy and would support it it many circumstances. But in this case - as I have indicated above - the costs to the local people, the area and the wildlife are far too high. Jan MacKenzie”