Array plans go back to the drawing board

Revised proposal for giant wind farm shows number of proposed turbines cut by a third.

DEVELOPERS behind the proposed Atlantic Array offshore wind farm have significantly reduced the size of the project.

A revised wind farm design released by RWE npower renewables today (Wednesday) outlines plans for a maximum of 278 turbines, compared with 417 turbines in the original blueprint.

An area to the north of Lundy called Stanley Bank has been identified as the preferred location for the development.

RWE said they were looking at planning consent for a range of turbine sizes (3.6 MW to 8 MW) and still aimed to produce a 1,500 MW wind farm, enough to power 1.1million homes in the South West.

There is no change in the distance of the wind farm from Lundy, or from the closest points on the North Devon coast, although those working on the project say the horizontal view from the coast will be reduced by around 40 per cent.

Robert Thornhill, development manager, said: “These revisions will mean any potential visual and environmental effects of the wind farm will be reduced.

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“We have listened to the feedback received during our formal community consultation held during Autumn 2011 and analysed the results of our environmental and engineering assessments.

“After taking full consideration of environmental and engineering factors, and in response to the feedback from the public, we have revised the proposed offshore wind farm boundary and made alterations to the maximum number of turbines.”

Mr Thornhill said that following requests by the public, the company would be undertaking a second round of informal consultation at a series of exhibitions in North Devon next month.

“We will be holding events to give the local communities an opportunity to find out more about the changes to the wind farm and view photomontages which will show the revised wind farm design.

“The Atlantic Array project team will be at the exhibitions to answer any questions.”

An application for planning consent is still expected to be submitted by the end of the year.

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