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Latest offshore windfarms consultation gets under way

PUBLISHED: 15:52 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 27 June 2018

New windfarm proposals and other energy projects have generated concerns for east Suffolk residents Picture: CHRIS JAMES

New windfarm proposals and other energy projects have generated concerns for east Suffolk residents Picture: CHRIS JAMES

Chris James

Consultation gets under way tomorrow for two new proposed windfarms off the Suffolk coast.

ScottishPower Renewables is hosting 12 public information days for the East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North projects, which will generate 1,700MW of power.

One of the main talking points will be proposals for a 30-acre substation complex near Friston.

The events will provide the opportunity for local communities to learn more about the Indicative Onshore Development Area and give their views on any mitigation that may be required. The project team and technical specialists will be on hand to answer questions and share further details of how the project plans have developed since the previous phase of events.

David Walker, development director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “It is important that we regularly meet with communities and stakeholders in East Anglia to share the latest information. We concluded Phase 2 of the community consultation in April and took careful note of all the comments from the community. A report detailing feedback from the previous Public Information Days is available on our website.

“We are now within Phase 3 of consultation, where the focus will be on the Indicative Onshore Development Area. In particular we would like to hear the local communities’ views on mitigation required within this area, particularly at the substations and along the cable route. We would like to hear from as many people as possible, so please do come along to one of the events. Community views play a key role in shaping our plans.”

The first session tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, is at Orford Town Hall, 4pm to 7pm; then Friday at Friston village hall 10am to 1pm and Sizewell Sports and Social Hall, Leiston, from 3pm to 6pm; and Saturday at Stella Peskett Hall, Southwold, 10am to 1pm.

Following dates:

July 5: Victoria Hotel, Lowestoft, 4pm-7pm

July 6: Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 10am-1pm

July 7: Thorpeness County Club, 10am-1pm

July 26: Aldeburgh Church Hall, 4pm-7pm

July 27: Sizewell Sports and Social Hall, Leiston, 10am-1pm

July 27: Southwold Rugby Club, 3pm-6pm

July 28: Friston village hall, 10am-1pm

July 28: Thorpeness County Club, 3pm-6pm

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