Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 24 August 2018
From Mrs Susan Smee

Representation


Lack of trust-
A)Either being fed the wrong information i.e.. lying. There are examples from various meetings.
B) Drip feeding information when 'the bigger picture' would have been more honest and fair. The eventual size of these substations is much, much larger than the original proposal. Local communities should have been made aware of all potential developments at the beginning- instead this has been railroaded through with the local community on the back foot.
C) Ignoring local community suggestions,(which were viable as stated by the National Grid) Vattenfall indicated it would consider these but did not. Reason? cost alone
D) The size- over 70acres of substation could provide a security risk to the local population as well as taking over valuable farmland and peoples homes.
E) Noise- it is difficult to see how with all the extra substations,National Grid extensions etc how this will not be a problem noise enforcements have been imposed on the area.
F)Mitigation- demonstrated already on the existing site that this is the last project to be done. Consequently the area is surrounded by tiny saplings that would take years and years to reach the appropriate size.
Future constructions have been altered and will be much taller, so tall that their presence will be evident for miles around- a real life 'blot on the landscape' and the mitigation (advised by local experts) of layered planting schemes of differing heights using native trees will be ineffectual. Vattenhall has recently admitted that mitigation in this case will not be successful, as the buildings will be too big!
I submit this outline arguing that with such a track record, it is difficult to believe what ever is said or proposed and that the local population are not considered and that the greater good will prevail.