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Status:
Implemented
Business Item
East Suffolk Council Engagement and Position during the Examination and Post Examination Process for ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two Offshore Windfarm Proposals
Ref.
ES/0610
Is a Key Decision:
Yes
Decision Type:
Committee
Decision Maker:
Cabinet
Date of Decision
Tue 5 Jan 2021
Show on Forward Plan
Yes
Description
Report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development
Matter for Decision (to consider...)

1. That the Cabinet is recommended that in negotiation with the Applicants on statements of common ground and in responses to the Planning Inspectorate/Examining Authority that East Suffolk Council continues to support the principle of offshore wind as a significant contributor to the reduction in carbon emissions and for the economic opportunities that they may bring to ports in the NALEP geography that could support the construction and maintenance of the windfarms. Notwithstanding this, the Council:

a) Is neutral in relation to EA2 and the predicted offshore effects of the proposal on seascape, coastal landscapes, character and qualities of the AONB and cumulatively with EA1N due to the amendments made to the offshore wind turbine heights and provision of compensation. 

b) Is moving towards a predominantly neutral position in relation to the overall impact of the onshore substations on EA1N and EA2 individually and cumulatively on the village and environs of Friston. The Council acknowledges that the onshore infrastructure is out of character with the village but recognises that the Applicants are seeking to provide embedded mitigation as part of their project which coupled with the mitigation and compensation packages proposed will enable the Council working with partners to provide additional improvements in addition to the embedded project mitigation. 

c) Maintains significant concerns with regards to the impact of operational noise levels at the onshore substations site which will have an adverse impact on residential amenity and the character of the area until such time that appropriate and suitable mitigation or compensation is secured.

d) Maintains significant concerns with regards to the lack of cumulative assessment of the National Grid substation in its extended form, until such a time as this is considered to be adequately and appropriately addressed. 

e) Maintains concerns with regards to the design of the onshore substations until such time that the Council’s concerns are adequately and appropriately addressed.

f) Accepts the additional provision pledged with regards to: revisions to the A1094 junction with the A12 which will significantly improve road safety at this junction which is welcomed; a contribution to air quality monitoring/mitigation of the Stratford St Andrew AQMA; a contribution to a Tourism Fund to provide additional marketing of East Suffolk in conjunction with the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation and the commitment to lay ducting for the second project at the same time as the cabling for the first if they are constructed sequentially.

g) Accepts the s111 funds which will enable the provision of compensatory measures to help offset the impacts of the projects.

h) Accepts an environmental exemplar fund to support ambitious aims to improve biodiversity and drive the decarbonisation of energy used in homes and travel.

i) Will continue to engage with the Applicants to seek to address the matters of concern raised in the Relevant Representation and Local Impact Report and will raise these matters of concern during the examination as appropriate. 

 

2. That authority be delegated to the Head of Planning and Coastal Management, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development to revise the Council’s position on the projects if the matters of concern are adequately and appropriately addressed.

 

3. Should the DCOs for EA1N and/or EA2 be granted by the Secretary of State for BEIS, Cabinet is recommended to delegate authority to the Head of Planning and Coastal Management, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development to:

• Discharge requirements of granted DCOs.

• Facilitate the Council’s responsibilities under any Section 111/Memorandum of Understanding/agreement.

• Consider and respond to any minor revisions to the DCOs proposed. 

Service Area
Economic Development & Regeneration
Service Area 2
Planning & Coastal Management
Contact for Background Papers:

Philip Ridley

Head of Planning and Coastal Management 

philip.ridley@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

 

Naomi Goold

Senior Energy Projects Officer

naomi.goold@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Background Papers:
None 
Is Decision District Wide
No
Decision Made

1. That in negotiation with the Applicants on statements of common ground and in responses to the Planning Inspectorate/Examining Authority that East Suffolk Council continues to support the principle of offshore wind as a significant contributor to the reduction in carbon emissions and for the economic opportunities that they may bring to ports in the NALEP geography that could support the construction and maintenance of the windfarms. Notwithstanding this, the Council:

a) Is neutral in relation to EA2 and the predicted offshore effects of the proposal on seascape, coastal landscapes, character and qualities of the AONB and cumulatively with EA1N due to the amendments made to the offshore wind turbine heights and provision of compensation. 

b) Is moving towards a predominantly neutral position in relation to the overall impact of the onshore substations on EA1N and EA2 individually and cumulatively on the village and environs of Friston. The Council acknowledges that the onshore infrastructure is out of character with the village but recognises that the Applicants are seeking to provide embedded mitigation as part of their project which coupled with the mitigation and compensation packages proposed will enable the Council working with partners to provide additional improvements in addition to the embedded project mitigation. 

c) Maintains significant concerns with regards to the impact of operational noise levels at the onshore substations site which will have an adverse impact on residential amenity and the character of the area until such time that appropriate and suitable mitigation or compensation is secured. 

d) Maintains significant concerns with regards to the lack of cumulative assessment of the National Grid substation in its extended form, until such a time as this is considered to be adequately and appropriately addressed. 

e) Maintains concerns with regards to the design of the onshore substations until such time that the Council’s concerns are adequately and appropriately addressed.

f) Accepts the additional provision pledged with regards to: revisions to the A1094 junction with the A12 which will significantly improve road safety at this junction which is welcomed; a contribution to air quality monitoring/mitigation of the Stratford St Andrew AQMA; a contribution to a Tourism Fund to provide additional marketing of East Suffolk in conjunction with the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation and the commitment to lay ducting for the second project at the same time as the cabling for the first if they are constructed sequentially.

g) Accepts the Section 111 funds which will enable the provision of compensatory measures to help offset the impacts of the projects.

h) Accepts an environmental exemplar fund to support ambitious aims to improve biodiversity and drive the decarbonisation of energy used in homes and travel.

i) Will continue to engage with the Applicants to seek to address the matters of concern raised in the Relevant Representation and Local Impact Report and will raise these matters of concern during the examination as appropriate.

 

2. That authority be delegated to the Head of Planning and Coastal Management, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development to revise the Council’s position on the projects if the matters of concern are adequately and appropriately addressed.

 

3. Should the Development Consent Orders (DCOs) for EA1N and/or EA2 be granted by the Secretary of State for BEIS, authority be delegated to the Head of Planning and Coastal Management, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development to:

  • Discharge requirements of granted DCOs.
  • Facilitate the Council’s responsibilities under any Section 111/Memorandum of Understanding/agreement.
  • Consider and respond to any minor revisions to the DCOs proposed. 
Reason for Decision
As statutory consultee in the NSIP process for EA1N and EA2, East Suffolk Council has been carefully scrutinising the information on the projects as submitted and continues to challenge the Applicants on specific areas in order to affect change where appropriate (i.e. reducing the scale and massing of onshore infrastructure to minimum levels possible to reduce adverse impacts and challenging noise levels and resulting impacts from the onshore substation sites). The Council will continue to seek amendments to the projects to address our remaining concerns but in doing so the Council acknowledges the potential these schemes and others have in meeting national climate change/energy opportunities.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The Cabinet could vary the response proposed in the recommendations and retain the current position agreed at the 7 January 2020 Cabinet meeting. 
Any Declarations of Interest Declared
Councillor James Mallinder declared a Local Non-Pecuniary Interest in the item as the Vice-Chairman of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Advisory Committee.
Any Dispensation Granted
None.

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DateTimeCreatedUserFullnameStatusDescriptionDetails
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 Page 1 of 2, items 1 to 10 of 19.
16/12/2020 14:53:40Matt MakinBusiness Item Created 
16/12/2020 14:53:40Matt MakinCommittee AddedCabinet
16/12/2020 14:53:40Matt MakinMeeting Added05/01/2021 6:30PM
16/12/2020 14:54:06 General Details EditedReference Number Generated (ES/0610)
16/12/2020 14:54:06Matt MakinStatus ChangedDecision Scheduled [1]
18/12/2020 10:36:01Matt MakinGeneral Details Edited 
18/12/2020 10:38:15Matt MakinReport AddedDocument ID 8320: ES-0610 DCO Applications for EA One North and EA Two Offshore Windfarms
23/12/2020 16:54:22Matt MakinStatus ChangedDecision Proposed [2]
06/01/2021 11:54:29Matt MakinGeneral Details Edited 
06/01/2021 14:15:14Matt MakinGeneral Details Edited 

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