Posted by: KimBoland | March 6, 2013

National Trust raises concerns over proposed Atlantic Array

The National Trust is currently raising concerns over Atlantic Array, the proposed wind farm between the coastlines of Gower and North Devon.  The Trust have submitted our response to the consultation this summer on the environmental impacts of Atlantic Array, and based on the current proposed scheme it is likely that we will be objecting to the proposals when it is sent forward to the Planning Inspectorate for decision later in the year.

The National Trust supports all the principal forms of renewable energy, providing they are of an appropriate scale and design for their setting, and produce a net environmental benefit. We are demonstrating how this is possible on our own sites, with over 130 renewable schemes already in place and a commitment by 2020 to be producing 50% of our direct energy use from non-fossil sources.

Renewable energy proposals which have a high environmental impact, such as Atlantic Array, present a particular dilemma. The local impact on landscape, setting and habitats have to be balanced against the longer term benefit of avoiding damaging climate change. It is now clear that in the case of Atlantic Array, the impacts are so severe that we must object to the whole proposal. Squeezed as it is, between two sensitive coastlines, we do not believe it is possible to locate a viable large scale windfarm within this zone without the damage substantially outweighing the benefits.

We believe that offshore wind should make an important contribution to the country’s renewable energy targets. We have not objected to a number of offshore wind development proposals within sight of the coastline protected by the Trust – for example at Liverpool Bay visible from Formby and at Great Gabbard visible from Orfordness, Suffolk. But we cannot support proposals that would seriously impact the natural landscape of two of Britain’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and believe that the locations chosen for Round 3 offshore wind developments have not taken sufficient account of environmental factors, and in particular the sensitivity and designations of nearby coast.

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Leigh Freeman, Interim Property Manager said “To look across to Lundy from Worm’s Head on a clear tranquil day is unquestionably one of the most remarkable natural sights that Britain has to offer. It would be a tragedy to see a landscape which is so iconic and so unchanged by man to become industrialised”

RWE is currently considering the responses it received through the consultation process, with a view to submitting its planning application in Spring 2013.

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Responses

  1. Keep up the good work. I agree!

  2. The wind-farm near Crosby, Liverpool, is an absolute eyesore. Please not anything similar on Gower!


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