East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm

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East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm

Received 18 January 2020
From Christine Laschet

Representation

Dear Examining Authority Re: East Anglia Two Currently 7 energy projects of which Scottish Renewables are 2, are proposed to be built over the next 12- 15 years in Suffolk Coastal . It will have a huge, cumulative effect on all local communities which will persist for many years. There is no exploration of an alternative to on shore cabling and siting– such as an offshore substation or ring main around East Anglia which could connect to brown field sites which do not entail damaging sensitive landscapes and be nearer to the cities which need power . My objections are: • The area provides rare and important habitats for birds, reptiles, flora and fauna, especially on the important Sandlings Heath. It has taken hundreds of years to evolve and cannot be replicated artificially. Some local footpaths and woods will be lost. • Noise and land destruction will continue for years, perhaps up to 24 hours per day in some areas. Air quality will deteriorate. The famous luminosity of the natural light, compared to the south of France will be forfeited. • There is already increased flooding here because of building and the coast is in danger of being eroded by sea because of climate change . • A holistic approach is needed to ensure minimum damage to the country side and its residents. Each project will duplicate ground works. The huge trenches for the cables are to be put in very near existing housing and there appears to be no attempt to minimise the disruption by combining efforts with another energy project; the same area will be constantly be dug up and re-laid , over many years. • Tourism in which about 4,000 people are currently employed will be destroyed, The quiet tranquillity and natural habitat for which the area is famous will no longer exist. The local people will see a significant decrease in their house prices because of the chaos of so much development and this is already happening. The impact for local businesses re loss of trade and lack of visitors will also affect detrimentally the local economy and lead to social and economic decline as employment is lost and not replaced. • The 11 km of cable trenches, will destroy the environmentally sensitive areas but also bring chaos to our small and busy roads. Small local roads do not provide the infrastructure needed for more HGV’s and the additional high traffic levels of smaller vehicles the development will bring. Greater danger for school children travelling to school, pedestrians, residents, cyclists and visitors. • The shore for bringing the cables on to land is eroding and unstable. The siting of the large, concrete , high substations at Friston will totally spoil the village and all the areas nearby .The substations do not bring employment ;skilled employment may be needed whilst being constructed , but there will be virtually no need to employ anyone once completed. END C D Laschet (Redacted)