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United Kingdom

Council's dismay over Triton Knoll onshore consenting

UK: Regional authority, Lincolnshire County Council, has written to the UK government to express concerns about the onshore electrical infrastructure needed for the 900MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

The old site for the electrical compound in brown and the new one in red
The old site for the electrical compound in brown and the new one in red

The council's letter to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) centres on concerns over the separation of consenting for the offshore and onshore elements of the wind farm.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for planning, said: "The experts agree that it makes no sense to approve an offshore development without first having approval for the onshore elements. Decoupling two parts of a scheme in this way results in great uncertainty for affected residents."

It also criticised the way in which developer RWE has dealt with local concerns throughout the process.

"We've also highlighted RWE's lacklustre approach to local consultation, characterised by incomplete information and the inability to justify its selection of substation sites when reasonable alternatives are available," said Davie.

But RWE said that it has been accommodating towards local needs. In January, it agreed to move its intermediate electrical compound after local authorities said they planned to build leisure facilities on the site.

Consent applications for the onshore infrastructure are due to be submitted next year, with construction slated for 2016.

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