The outcomes of judicial reviews into the new Sizewell C nuclear power station and energy firm ScottishPower Renewables' plans to route wind farm cables through the Suffolk countryside may not be known for months.

Campaign group Suffolk Energy Action Solutions (SEAS) was due to hear on Wednesday (May 24) whether its legal challenge to a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the wind farms had been successful in the High Court.

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However, Fiona Gilmore, founder of SEAS, said it appeared the presiding judge Mr Justice David Holgate had a high workload and a decision could take months, not weeks, to be made.

The same judge also has jurisdiction over a legal challenge brought by campaign group Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) over the environmental impact of the Sizewell C project, particularly the disposal of nuclear waste and the provision of a water supply to the station.

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Following the High Court hearing, Fiona said: "Whilst judgment was reserved, Mr Justice Holgate was engaged and hands-on throughout, making regular interventions and asking many detailed questions.

East Anglian Daily Times: Mr Justice Holgate is also presiding over the judicial review into Sizewell CMr Justice Holgate is also presiding over the judicial review into Sizewell C (Image: Archant)

"Justice Holgate was unable to give any indication on timing. However, as he has yet to pass judgment on the Sizewell C judicial review, which was held around two months ago, it seems unlikely that we will hear any time soon."

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ScottishPower Renewables is planning to route cables from the East Anglia ONE and TWO offshore wind farms through part of east Suffolk.

Two eight-acre substations are being planned at Friston which will take some of the cabling from the two wind farms, stoking fears among campaigners, including SEAS, about the impact on the village and surrounding countryside.

Sizewell C is set to provide power for six million homes at a cost of £25bn, of which the Government has pledged £700 million as part of its 'Powering Up Britain' strategy.

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A Sizewell C spokesperson said: "We continue to make good progress with advanced works for Sizewell C as we prepare to deliver this essential project that has both Government and local community support."