A group of local representatives, led by Therese met the Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, this week to convey their concerns about the approvals process for strategic energy projects.
The delegation which included East Suffolk Council Deputy Leader, Craig Rivett and County Council Environment Cabinet member, Richard Rout outlined the situation on the ground in East Anglia and the cumulative impact a dozen energy projects, including offshore wind and new nuclear, will have on the local area.
Therese said: “Whilst we’re all proud of the role that our coast plays in creating renewable and low carbon energy, the cumulative impact of the onshore infrastructure required to facilitate these projects is having a major impact on the countryside, heritage assets and the amenities of local residents – and the approvals process needs to be better co-ordinated to reflect that. Considering each project in isolation is not working and the planning approvals process needs more structure and engagement with the community. Something Ofgem seems to agree within its recent report.”
Therese added: “I thank the Minister for hearing our views and for the constructive discussions. I have promised to write to him in more detail on how I think the process can be reformed.”