Array plans unveiled to local people
North Devon people to be given their first glimpse of how giant off shore wind energy scheme could look
PLANS for the Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm are to go on display to people in North Devon at a series of public exhibitions starting next week.
The enormous scheme being proposed in the Outer Bristol Channel 14km off the North Devon coast will go on display at six different events taking place around the region, starting at Abbotsham Village Hall on Saturday, September 10.
The other host venues are Lovacott Village Hall; The Royal Britannia in Ilfracombe; Croyde Village Hall; The Castle Centre in Barnstaple; and Bideford College.
The events will give local people the chance to see how the scheme could look for the first time. They will also provide preliminary findings from environmental and ecological surveys undertaken by developer RWE npower renewables.
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Members of the Atlantic Array project team will also be on hand to answer questions about the project and provide information about the local economic benefits and employment opportunities that could arise.
Robert Thornhill, development manager for the Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm said the company had been making good progress with the proposal and was eager to get into dialogue with the local community.
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He said: “The aim of holding six exhibitions in six different locations is to provide as many people in North Devon as possible with the opportunity to meet the team behind the project and help them understand wind energy and the benefits it can provide to the economy, the environment and local communities.
“The responses and feedback we receive from local residents and businesses are essential as they will help shape the final report which forms part of our final planning application.
“We want the community to share in the benefits of wind energy and would urge as many people as possible to come along to find out more.”
RWE npower renewables say the wind farm could be capable of generating up to 1,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity every year, the equivalent to the domestic needs of around 1.1million average UK households, enough power to meet more than 40 per cent of the domestic electricity consumption for the South West of England.
An application for a development consent order is being submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission – the independent body that examines applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects – in 2012.
RWE npower renewables is encouraging people to take part in their consultation. Feedback forms can be picked up at an exhibition or downloaded from the website – www.npower-renewables.com/atlanticarray
If you visit the exhibition, let us know what you think about the proposals. Telephone the newsdesk on (01271) 345056, email us at email@example.com or send us a Tweet @northdevon24.
Exhibition times, dates and places:
Saturday, September 10: Abbotsham Village Hall, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, September 11: Lovacott Village Hall, 11am – 4pm
Thursday, September 15: The Royal Britannia, Broad Street, Ilfracombe, 12pm - 8pm
Friday, September 16: Croyde Village Hall, 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, September 17: The Castle Centre, 25 Castle Street, Barnstaple, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, September 18: Bideford College, 11am – 4pm