Torridge MP registers as interested party for Atlantic Array application

An offshore wind farm is being proposed for the Bristol Channel, eight miles off the North Devon Coa

An offshore wind farm is being proposed for the Bristol Channel, eight miles off the North Devon Coast This image shows the North Hoyle offshore wind farm, situated in Liverpool Bay in North East Wales. - Credit: Archant

Geoffrey Cox said he will put forward the views of his constituents and oppose the grant of consent if concerns are not addressed.

The MP for Torridge and West Devon has said he will hold RWE to account if they do not address local people’s concerns over the Atlantic Array.

Geoffrey Cox met with people in Abbotsham to hear their worries over the proposed offshore wind farm and said he had registered as an interested party.

Issued raised during the meeting mainly revolved around the impact of the proposed cabling work on local businesses and home owners.

People were also worried about the impact on tourism in the area, blocked roads and the effect of increased dust levels, particularly on the elderly.

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Mr Cox said: “Along with hundreds of my constituents, I have serious concerns regarding the proposed development.

“With these in mind I have registered as an interested party with the Planning Inspectorate.

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“Any potential benefits to the power needs of this country must be balanced against the impact this development will have on the people, businesses and landscape of this historic, unique and precious area.

“I expect RWE to live up to the highest standards and to address with sincerity every concern raised by my constituents.

“One thing is certain, if I am not satisfied that these individual concerns have been addressed with the detail they require, then I will do all I can to hold the company to account for that and oppose the grant of consent to the Atlantic Array.”

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