SAY NO TO SUNNICA
Yes to Solar...No to Living in a Power Plant
THE PLANNING PROCESS
The process for planning permission is not the usual local authority route. Due to the scheme's size of the project it is considered to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP); it therefore goes through the National Infrastructure Planning process and is ultimately decided by the relevant Secretary of State.
A diagram of the process and how we fit into it is below.
Sunnica are aiming to provide detailed plans by the Winter of 2019 and hold the Statutory Consultations. This is a chance to view and speak to them about the plans which they will submit to the Inspectorate.
Once submitted and accepted by the Inspectorate, interested parties can register their interest. ANYONE CAN REGISTER AS AN INTERESTED PARTY.
Once registered you can write in with your views, ensuring they are considered by the inspector.
Say No to Sunnica
The Say No to Sunnica action group is not against solar, we are not 'NIMBY's' (Not in My Back Yard) but do not agree with losing our entire back yard to a scheme that is simply too large and too intrusive.
All the photographs of landscapes on this website are of areas Sunnica is proposing to put solar panels on.
Making A Difference
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
We want to ensure the countryside is preserved for the flora and fauna as well as for future generations to continue to enjoy.
There are a number of concerns related to the proposals:
Noise pollution (a constant humming noise) from the two story high battery storage units placed amongst the panels which are over 5m/16 feet tall
Visual pollution the panels themselves are planned to be 3.5m (over 11 feet) high.
The impact on ground nesting birds such as the stone curlew and lapwings will be significant as well as on the hunting grounds for Marsh Harriers, Buzzards and Barn Owl.
The design of the arrays, with few gaps between the panels (positioned back to back facing East/West), leaves little space for wildlife, flora and fauna.
There is no upfront fund required to pay for decommissioning and removal at the end of the scheme - in 30 years we may leave another environmental mess for our children.
There is an unknown loss of archaeology with the construction works and foundations for the panels.
There will be a loss of countryside amenity - footpaths and byways as well as the setting of the affected villages - i.e. the landscape and views
The loss of agricultural land and food production. Sandy soils may be grade 4 but they are the most suited to growing onions, which are not suited to grade 1 and 2 silts. The sandy soils also grow fabulous salad, packing and processing potatoes as well as other root vegetable crops and cereals.
Impact on physical and mental health and well-being.
THINKING CAPS ON...
We need to ensure all parties with an interest or opinion are aware of the proposals.
E-mail us with any organisations or people you know, who would have a view or be interested.
INFORMATION REGARDING RARE BIRD AND PLANT SPECIES REQUIRED
PHOTO'S AND DETAILED KNOWLEDGE
E-mail in any photo's or any detailed knowledge you have regarding rare bird and plant species.
RESEARCH ARTICLES RELATING TO SOLAR AND BATTERY STORAGE
We need to research and then forward information to the Inspectorate about the negative impacts of large industrial solar plants so he/she can make an informed decision.
We need funds immediately to pay for signs, banners and leaflets.
Your support is imperative to the success of the campaign which we need to win.
To ensure the decision is taken with full knowledge of the consequences of it, we will need to commission our own reports and experts, unfortunately these don't come cheap.
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Sunnica East Action Group
Account Number: 76477268
Sort Code: 30-98-97