Offshore wind farm proposal shows pioneering spirit with new planning body
written by Patrick Cassidy Friday, 11. November 2011
Green light for examination of Vattenfall’s 10 to 17 turbine Kentish Flats extension plans
Vattenfall's plans to extend a wind farm off the Kent coast was the first offshore energy scheme to successfully jump a testing planning hurdle yesterday following an extensive community consultation and environmental impact assessment.
The Infrastructure Planning Commission, the Government body which examines planning applications for large scale energy projects and infrastructure, will now ask anyone interested in the scheme to lodge an interest before starting the examination process.
Göran Loman, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm Extension, said: “We are pleased that our proposal for a wind farm extension at Kentish Flats has been accepted for examination by the IPC. It’s a really testing hurdle and we have put everything into ensuring we delivered a good community consultation and environmental impact assessment.”
He concluded: “The engagement with local people, communities and businesses does not stop here though. We made a commitment to keep talking and listening and we will honour that.”
The proposal for Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm Extension, off Whitstable and Herne Bay, was submitted on 14 October, 2011. The IPC yesterday informed the developer of the 10 to 17 turbine extension that its plans have been accepted for examination.