[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Wind farm projects off Suffolk coast ‘should not be achieved at any cost’, councils warn 

Credit:  Sarah Chambers | East Anglian Daily Times | 01 March 2019 | www.eadt.co.uk ~~

Suffolk councils say they remain ‘deeply concerned’ about the impact of proposed wind farm schemes off its coast, and the ‘lack of co-ordination’ with other planned energy projects.

Speaking in response to ScottishPower Renewables wind farm plans, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council said they continued to support the principle of offshore wind to reduce carbon emissions and provide significant economic benefits in the county and the UK, but said that this “should not be achieved at any cost to Suffolk”.

Reports have been jointly written and will be presented at each authority’s upcoming cabinet meetings, in response to ScottishPower Renewables proposals for the East Anglia Offshore Windfarms One (North) and Two.

The reports raise a wide range of concerns about them, including impact on land and seascapes.

Councillor Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s deputy leader, said: “Whilst these large wind farms greatly benefit the country as a whole and will undoubtedly have some benefit to the wider Suffolk economy through new jobs and the supply chain, we do not want to see that happening at the expense of our fragile, unique landscape and established local communities.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues at Suffolk County Council and will continue to raise our huge raft of concerns about these winddfarm projects.”

Councillor Richard Rout, cabinet member for environment and public protection at Suffolk County Council, said the projects, along with other significant developments such as Sizewell C, could see up to 30% of the UK’s energy delivered through Suffolk, but at a national level, the government needed to take a clear leadership role to develop “a more strategic view” of all energy projects on and off the Suffolk coast.

“Considering each one in isolation does not seem to make sense and increases the environmental impact and the impact on local communities,” he said.

“At a local level, there are many issues and we maintain that siting an onshore substation at Friston is not the right location.”

But a spokeswoman for ScottishPower Renewables said East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm was already delivering significant economic benefits, and East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North would deliver even more.

“These two projects alone could provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 1.5m homes, playing a key role in helping to meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets and tackle climate change. Throughout all of our projects in the area, we have worked closely with all local stakeholders including the council, local communities and regulatory bodies and will continue to engage with them on the points raised in this report.”

ScottishPower Renewables Phase 4 Consultation on the proposed East Anglia ONE North offshore wind farm project will run until March 29.

This consultation phase is based around a draft Environmental Statement which sets out the proposed infrastructure and its potential impacts, taking into account the environmental, social and economic effects of the project and the mitigation measures proposed to reduce impacts.

Source:  Sarah Chambers | East Anglian Daily Times | 01 March 2019 | www.eadt.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky