GreenSnape

Who are we and what are our aims?

GreenSnape community group formed in spring 2017 in response to Snape Maltings’ plans to build a car park on Snape Marshes.  Our aim is to protect and enhance the environment and amenities in and around Snape for the benefit of residents, visitors and wildlife.

We work with our Parish, District and County Councils, Snape School, villagers, other volunteer groups, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, RSPB and other landowners. We are committed to opposing any plans or actions that we feel would damage or be detrimental to our local environment.

We'd like to involve as many fellow residents as possible in our activities and would love your ideas about what you would like to see happen in our village.

Our projects

We've certainly hit the ground running!  Our first project was with Snape School in autumn 2017 when the children helped to plant daffodil and crocus bulbs along the verges in Church Road. Great for the childrens' outdoor learning and a lot of fun!

Our current project is Snape Village Green - the area around the village sign - which has become neglected over the years. We've received funding to install two oak benches, provide oak seating around the sign, replace and relocate the rubbish bin and install an oak information board. We are also planting wildflower plugs, once again with Snape School. Many thanks to Suffolk Secrets AONB fund, Snape Parish Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waitrose for the generous grants.  We were also very touched to receive a kind donation from Snape Carolsingers.  There will be an Open Day in summer 2018 to showcase the new village green!

In January this year we gathered together over 40 adults and children to renovate Snape School garden.  The churchyard team came to help and we had lots of volunteers from the village including parents and schoolchildren. The garden is now ready for the children to plant vegetables, flowers and fruit which they will be able to eat from the school kitchen.

We've run two work parties on Snape Marshes for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and arranged a 'Meet the Sheep' afternoon with the National Trust shepherd. The rare breed sheep graze on Snape Warren - we learnt all about conservation grazing, and Kite the sheepdog showed off his superb herding skills! They will go back to their summer home on Orford Ness later this year.

Our future plans include organising wildlife walks and working to improve those pieces of land owned by the village which could be made more attractive for people and wildlife.

 

Proposed wind farm substations:

Key Addresses of where to send objection letters to the proposed offshore wind farm substations that could be built in East Suffolk

Scottish Power Renewables EA2 & EA1N

RTLY-RLGH-GKSE

FREEPOST

25 Priestgate

Peterborough

PE1 1JL

eastangliaonenorth@scottishpower.com

eastangliatwo@scottishpower.com

 

John Pitchford BA(Hons) DipTP DMS MRTPI

Head of Planning 

Suffolk County Council

Endeavour House

8 Russell Road

Ipswich IP1 2BX

john.pitchford@suffolk.gov.uk

Naomi Goold

Head of Planning Services

Suffolk Coastal District Council

East Suffolk House

Station Rd

Melton

Woodbridge IP12 1RT

Naomi.goold@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

 

Therese.coffey.mp@parliament.uk

Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy :

enquiries@beis.gov.uk (attention of Greg Clark & Claire Perry) 

The Planning Inspectorate :

EastAngliaOneNorth@pins.gsi.gov.uk

EastAngliaTwo@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Include the Planning Inspectorate PINS references at the top of your letter/email:

EA1N / EA2 Substations PINS Ref: EN010077 + EN010078

 

 

Objections Letter template:

 

Scottish Power Renewables EA2 & EA1N

RTLY-RLGH-GKSE

FREEPOST

25 Priestgate

Peterborough PE1 1J

OBJECTION TO BUILD EA1N / EA2 Substations PINS Ref: EN010077 + EN010078

As a resident affected I am expressing my objections to Scottish Power Renewables’ onshore development proposals for East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two. These proposals are unacceptable. They would overwhelm rural communities, damage the character and appearance of our landscape irreversibly, and have significant adverse impacts on the local economy and natural environment. My objections include but are not limited to the following.

  • Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) have failed to adequately consult local communities principally affected. Residents of Snape, through which most construction traffic would pass, were not consulted directly until 18 days before the end of Phase 4 consultation, and then only at the request of Snape Parish Council.
  • SPR have ignored the cumulative combined impact of other impending major onshore development proposals (Sizewell C, National Grid, National Grid Ventures’ interconnectors for Belgium and Holland and others) whose details have long been sufficiently known to enable consideration.
  • SPR have not evaluated properly the viable alternative routes and methods of transporting energy to shore.
  • SPR’s preliminary Environmental Information Report, draft Environmental Statement and Habitat Regulations Assessment fall far short of the standards required, and the proposed mitigation measures are inadequate and ineffective. 
  • The proposed substations are giant, dominating industrial developments unsuitable for a rural landscape. They are far too close to residential properties, community amenities and listed buildings. 
  • The proposed unstaffed and remotely controlled onshore substations would provide no full-time permanent jobs. Instead the proposals would negatively impact employment in the vital tourist economy, since visitors would be deterred by the permanent visual intrusion in our landscape and the noise and traffic disruption over a wide area during the construction period.
  • Our local roads and byways are not suitable for the projected volume of construction traffic.  Such traffic would pose an unacceptable increase in danger to the lives of residents and visitors (motorists, cyclists, walkers, horse riders etc). 
  • The proposals require a vast disruptive 6 mile cable route through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, destroying parts of the renowned Sandlings footpath, and culminating in substations less than 50m from a County Wildlife Site, in an area that supports a range of protected or UK priority species.
  • The Government’s increased commitment to offshore wind energy is welcome. But under present policies more offshore wind farms mean more destruction of the onshore environment, more threats to our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and more damage to vital tourist economies. It seems nonsensical to inflict years of major disruption on a beautiful rural area to leave a legacy of vast industrial buildings, bad enough in themselves but also paving the way for more to be built in future.

Yours faithfully

cc John Pitchford, Suffolk CC : john.pitchford@suffolk.gov.uk

Naomi Goold SCDC :  Naomi.goold@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Dr Therese Coffey MP : therese.coffey.mp@parliament.uk

The Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy : enquiries@beis.gov.uk  (attention of Greg Clark & Claire Perry)

The Planning Inspectorate : EastAngliaOneNorth@pins.gsi.gov.uk and EastAngliaTwo@pins.gsi.gov.uk

How can I get involved?

If GreenSnape sounds like something you would like to get involved in, then please contact one of our joint secretaries Victoria Hambley v.hambley@btinternet.com or Lesley Walduck l.walduck@btinternet.com. Or talk to any of our other committee members – Teresa Cook, John Hambley, Graeme Murray, Maria Norman, Derek Walduck or Dave Norman.

GreenSnape February 2019