Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

In January 2012 RWE npower renewables submitted an application for the construction and operation of an offshore wind farm comprising up to 288 wind turbines, offshore substations, meteorological stations and underwater cabling to connect the turbines and substations. The proposed site is in the southern North Sea, approximately 33 km off the Lincolnshire coast and 48 km off the coast of North Norfolk. The development was classed as a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) and the application was therefore examined by the Planning Inspectorate. All the planning application documents and representations can be viewed on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust supports development of renewable energy sources and infrastructure but is firmly of the opinion that such development should not be to the detriment of the natural environment. The Trust had concerns regarding the potential direct and indirect impacts of the proposed development on priority habitats and species and therefore submitted a relevant representation to the Planning Inspectorate in May 2012 to register as an interested party in the examination process. The Trust subsequently agreed a statement of common ground with the applicants in relation to the issues raised in our relevant representation. Within that statement we raised the issue that the application for consent to connect to the National Grid at Bicker Fen is to be submitted separately. The Trust would expect the impacts to be assessed together so that potential cumulative and in combination impacts that could arise from the submitted scheme and future proposals for connections to the National Grid could be assessed.

The Secretary of State granted consent for the development in July 2013.

Visit the Wind Energy Development page to see the Trust's policy statement on wind energy developments.


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Relevant Representation65.13 KB
Statement of Common Ground94.38 KB