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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
From Oulton Parish Council on behalf of Oulton Parish Council
1. No proper pre-application assessment has been made of either the suitability of the Oulton site or the feasibility of the access route. For instance, the highways issues in the case are many, and some are intractable. These include:
• the southern end of Oulton Street is unfeasible for HGV traffic in both directions (see Appeal Decision Ref: APP/K2610/A/14/2212257) and use of the northern (residential) end of The Street by Orsted traffic is completely unacceptable;
• low overhead power and phone cables;
• a railway hump very close to proposed site entrance;
• Impact on Blickling Conservation Area.
• Impact on tourists visiting NT Blickling Hall/Conservation Studio (Oulton Street)
• The B1149 has been assessed to have a Personal Injury Accident record 25% higher than the national average. HGVs will use the B1149 to and from the Main Compound/cable routes via ‘The Street’.
• B1149 will experience an increase in traffic….‘‘B1149 at Edgefield, north of the village hall and south of Hempstead Road (11.3%); and B1145 east of Cawston, west of the B1149 crossroads (17.9%).’’
• Oulton Street has NOT been assessed as a sensitive receptor, houses directly on road with no garden or pavements.
• School children have to walk to taxi pick-up point along ‘The Street’ as there are no buses.
This list is not exhaustive.
2. Deficiencies in the post-application assessments: Automatic Traffic Counters (ATCs) were installed in the parish for a period of approx. 2 weeks between about 15th and 30th June. The locations chosen for these ATCs will mean that much of the HGV agricultural traffic (e.g. a percentage of that generated by Street Farm) will not be recorded at all, and – vitally - the entire period of installation “happens” to coincide with one of the rare lulls in agricultural activity i.e. between sowing/planting and harvesting. The traffic assessment data will therefore be dangerously unrepresentative.
3. Orsted’s failure to produce even an outline CTMP, pre-application, has made it impossible for them, us, PINS and Vattenfall to assess the cumulative impact of the fact that Vattenfall are also locating 2 of their compounds in this parish and sharing the same access road.
4. Light pollution: Oulton is a dark skies area.
5. Noise pollution: will impact on 24 dwellings in The Street and the several dwellings very close to the western edge of the site. As well as traffic noise, there are grave concerns relating to:
• generators – especially at night;
• on-site traffic movement noise;
• on-site reversing alarms (hard to control with use of sub-contractors).
• Cumulative impact of Noise from both Orsted & Vattenfall’s Compounds/Mobilisation area/cable route/traffic associated with these projects, if both projects run concurrently.
6. The Old Railway Gatehouse: situated at the very entrance to the proposed site, the impact of noise and emissions would mean that the quality of life of the residents would be utterly destroyed for the entire 8 years of the project.
7. HVDC and the Ducting method: OPC raises these over-arching issues because of the huge implications they would have in minimizing both the length of the project and the overwhelming disruption it causes.