N2RS – NO TO RELAY STATIONS
A Swedish Government owned energy company, Vattenfall, are planning for two major offshore wind farms off the coast of North-East Norfolk and there are others. The technology required involves a choice between two options:
For an explanation of the systems, click on this link. High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC). If the HVAC option is chosen and approved by Government inspectors, large cable relay stations will be constructed in North Norfolk and huge, 100m+ wide cable corridors will be cut through the Norfolk countryside from Happisburgh to the National Grid connection at Necton.
N2RS has recently been formed to oppose these structures in our open and unspoilt countryside and urge Vattenfall to use the HVDC option – something that may cost them extra money but be the least environmentally damaging option for the Norfolk communities and countryside.
It is our understanding that under the damaging HVAC option, the two cable relay stations proposed for the Vanguard and Boreas offshore wind farm projects will be permanent, industrial structures – and if sited together, they will take up to twenty-five acres of open countryside.
Within these 25 acres there will be industrial sites larger than 4 football pitches – with several structures of 8m (27ft) in places, with far reaching, high pitched noise, with CCTV, with security fencing and access roads needing to be built. Is our unspoilt countryside a place for this?!
Unless the HVAC method of distribution and land location is challenged, the landscape will be permanently changed and damaged, not just here but where there are other cables laid for future offshore wind projects. These sites will never be decommissioned. Our mainly flat countryside in North-East Norfolk is highly unsuitable for major structures which will be visible for miles around. Inevitably, the many villages and hamlets that make up our beautiful rural community will be negatively affected. Apart from quality of life issues and significant wildlife disturbance, our important local farming and tourism economies will be affected.
Whilst we in North Norfolk accept the benefits of renewable energy, N2RS believes that more must be done to challenge the long term environmental impact onshore.
We are coming out in full support of the use of HVDC technology and if central government judges this to be impossible in Norfolk, the use of HVAC should only be sited on existing industrial land. With so many wind farms being planned now is the time to take action on this.
Crown Estate map showing offshore windfarms.
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