Government planning inspectors are to host a meeting today about plans to lay electrical cables from an offshore windfarm across 40 miles of open countryside.
Around 200 landowners are set to be affected by the plans by RWE Innogy and Statkraft to dig a 60m wide trench for the cables which would link the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm to the national grid at Bicker Fen.
The planning inspectorate will make a ruling on whether the pipeline can be laid and will host a preliminary meeting this morning from 10am at the Storehouse in Skegness to decide how it tackles the application.
The spokesperson added following the meeting a timetable will be issued of what might happen next.
In a letter to those invited to the preliminary meeting, Kevin MacDonald, Lead member of the panel of examining inspectors said: "Our examination will comprise of written representations about the proposal and any oral representations made at the hearings, in addition to consideration of the project documents, policy and legal positions, site inspections and any other matters we consider to be relevant and important.
"All relevant and important matters will be taken into account when we make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who will take the final decision in this case."
The examination of the application will start the day after the meeting closes and will last no more than six months.
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.
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.
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited has been granted permission to construct a 1,200MW wind farm with 288 turbines.
Council chiefs in north-east Lincolnshire are taking legal advice about pursuing a judicial review after the Government overturned East Lindsey District Council's rejection of plans for a controversial wind farm near Louth.
The local authority turned down the plans for eight giant wind turbines and a substation at Carlton Grange last June. However, the applicant, Energiekontor, referred the refusal to the Government's Planning Inspectorate, which overturned ELDC's decision last Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new £3 million wind farm maintenance centre has opened in Grimsby. It'll service the energy giant Centrica's offshore windfarms.
We speak to renewable energy specialist John Grant from Sheffield Hallam University as Centrica Energy opens a new operations base in Grimsby for its wind farms.