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Opponents challenge wind farm ruling

Opponents of a wind farm development in north Lincolnshire are to challenge a ruling giving it the go ahead.

Plans for eight giant tubines at Bishopthorpe Farm near Cleethorpes were approved by a Government planning inspector.

But campaigners, including Melvin Grovesnor of the Marsh Windfarm Action Group, say there is already enough windfarms in the area.


World's biggest offshore wind farm will be off Lincolnshire coast

The world's biggest offshore wind farm will be built off the Lincolnshire coast, after planning permission was granted by the Secretary of State.

It's thought the farm, off Triton Mill, will create £3.6b of investment and create 1,130 jobs.

“The investments by Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited are testament to the power of inward investment in the UK.

“The project will attract billions in investment into the UK, support hundreds of skilled green jobs in Lincolnshire and Norfolk whilst providing homes with clean energy.

“We have provided certainty early to onshore and offshore wind investors and now see significant investment decisions being made that will benefit the UK’s economy for years to come.”

– Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited has been granted permission to construct a 1,200MW wind farm with 288 turbines.

1 billion Euro Wind farm to be built off Hull coast

DONG Energy is to build a windfarm 8km off the Yorkshire coast east of Hull. The Westermost Rough wind farm will supply enough power for over 200,000 households. Construction will begin in the first half of 2014 and is expected to be completed by the first half of 2015.

“The size and location of the project is very well suited as the first large scale project with the new Siemens 6 megawatt turbine. We are sure that this project is a good foundation in our continuous work to bring down the cost of offshore wind.

The UK offshore wind market is the biggest in the world and we are confident that the UK market will continue to be a very interesting market to the offshore wind industry.”

– Henrik Poulsen, CEO of DONG Energy

Public inquiry into Bridlington windfarm

Artist's impression of the wind turbines Credit: TCI Renewables

A public inquiry will today look into proposals for a nine-turbine windfarm at Fraisthorpe near Bridlington on the East Coast. Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Ltd had submitted their application to build the 260 foot turbines to East Riding of Yorkshire Council in February.

But after the council took longer than the statutory eight week period to determine the application, an appeal was made to the Planning Inspectorate. Objectors say it would be a blight on Bridlington Bay.


Council tells wind farm firm to think again

Lincolnshire County Council is urging the firm behind plans for a giant wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast to think again. RWE npower renewables has announced details of a consultation exercise in the new year over its proposals.

But the chair of the county's Environmental Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Colin Davie, says the firm has refused to listen to concerns when alternatives to the proposed substation and so-called 'cable corridors' through east Lincolnshire have been suggested.

Consultation announced over Lincolnshire wind farm

The firm which is planning to build a large wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire has announced details of a consultation to decide where cables to the turbines will be placed. RWE npower renewables also needs to install a shore-based electrical system including a substation.

The 1200 megawatt Triton Knoll wind farm will be 20 miles off the Lincolnshire Coast and 28 miles from North Norfolk. Public bodies, local communities and other interested parties in surrounding areas will be invited to submit their views early in 2013. They will be asked to comment on:

  • A shortlist of potential locations for the substation around Bicker Fen, Boston.
  • A shortlist of potential locations for the other electrical infrastructure in East Lindsey.

At the same time as the consultation, further details about the project will be announced including:

  • The type of electrical technology that will be used.
  • The potential options for so-called 'cable corridors'.
  • The location for cables to arrive onshore and the route they will take.

Since the beginning of this year, we have been undertaking intensive work exploring all of the options that were available to us. We are now very pleased to announce our plans to undertake a consultation early next year on a short list of sites. These have the potential to be suitable locations for Triton Knoll's electrical infrastructure and we look forward to sharing them.

– Project manager for Triton Knoll, Jacob Hain.
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