Growing concern is being voiced over plans for seven major energy projects in part of east Suffolk – and the lack of coordinated policy to deal with the concentration of development. Campaigners fear the massive schemes, which could be built in 25 square miles of rural landscape, could cause serious harm to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and devastate the area’s tourism industry. Now a new body comprising local action groups has been set up to fight the Government over the issue and secure a national plan for where vital infrastructure will be located. Graeme Murray, chairman of the Anglian Energy Planning Alliance, said the group was not against the generation and provision of electricity to secure the country’s future power needs, but wanted “proper planning” to ensure local communities were treated fairly and precious landscape and habitat was protected. The area which will suffer most from being Suffolk’s “energy hub” is bounded by Friston, Theberton, Thorpeness and Sizewell – small communities which will see new power stations, wind farm substations, and national grid interconnector sites to bring power from abroad.
East Anglian Daily Times 3rd June 2019 read more »