Opposition to wind farm substations

Licenses for wind farms off the Suffolk coast have been granted without any consideration of how the electricity produced would be connected to the grid. Most particularly it seems to have slipped the memories of those concerned that the land where the cables need to come ashore is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This is supposed to have a high level of protection under English law.
Scottish Power Renewables now face considerable difficulties finding suitable land for the transition bay and substations needed for East Anglia North One and Two wind farms.
First. they cannot bring the cables ashore at Sizewell, because this would affect the sand bank and marine processes thought to offer protection to the nuclear power plants. So they would have to be routed to the south of the more stable coralline crag at Thorpeness. From here they would be routed underground from the onshore transition bay to the new substations.
At first, discussions were held with EDF Energy about use of their land at Sizewell, but this was discarded in favour of a site close to the village of Friston. However, villagers here were totally opposed to this location, as it would be on raised ground and visually extremely intrusive — not to mention all the noise and upheaval involved in its construction. 80 SPR have renewed talks with EDFE. To our horror, the site now being considered is Broom Covert, already set aside as a special mitigation area for reptiles should Sizewell C go ahead. The amount of land—take is very large as it would include three substations, i.e. for EA2, EANorth1 and a new one for connection to the National Grid.
However, there also appear to be several other possible sites under consideration. In our view, the only acceptable one is just outside the AONB at Aldringham. At least this would be in a hollow and therefore suitable screening would be possible.
Still to come is East Anglia Three, for which an offshore licence has now been granted. 80 yet more locations will have to be found for its onshore infrastructure. Would it not have been better to consider the onshore land needed first?