Sea Link project raises new concerns in Suffolk
Sea Link project raises new concerns in Suffolk

Suffolk County Council officials will now examine these recent changes in detail and respond accordingly. However, a preliminary assessment has raised significant concerns, particularly in relation to the bridge, which could have a total height of around 20ft and a total span of over 500ft (including the embankments).

Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s deputy cabinet member for nationally significant infrastructure projects, said:

“If the Sea Link project goes ahead, the bridge is likely to have significant impacts on the landscape, adjacent cultural monuments and the aquatic environment.

“The proposed bridge appears to us to be absolutely the wrong approach and a disproportionate solution for the development of the site. After our first look at the plans, there are probably more suitable routes that would be less damaging.

“But if it really is the best solution, National Grid must prove it by conducting a comprehensive and transparent review of the alternatives and publishing the results.”

“The county council encourages National Grid to be open to new ideas and to integrate its access proposals with those of other infrastructure projects where possible. This will minimise the impact on the environment and local communities, which deserve the respect of a thoughtful and carefully considered proposal.”

Sea Link is a proposal for a new 2 gigawatt subsea high voltage direct current power link developed by National Grid Electricity Transmission. It is approximately 140 km long and runs mostly offshore.

A substation is planned near Saxmundham, which will be up to 26 metres high. Cable landing from the coast will take place between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, with around 12 kilometres of underground cables connecting the sites, including a substation at Friston.

Local residents and communities are being invited to share their views and have until 11 August 2024 to provide feedback on the recent changes and the proposals in general. National Grid expects to submit its application for planning permission in early 2025.

By Isla