An exciting scheme to build an offshore wind farm near Newhaven which will create 750 jobs was approved by the Government.
Newhaven MP Norman Baker said it would be great for the economy and environment.
Residents commenting on social media have been supportive of the scheme, although some raised concerns about the impact construction could have on the South Downs National Park and nature reserve Tide Mills.
Mr Baker said: “This is great news for Newhaven and something I have lobbied hard for. It is positioning Newhaven very well as the South East Centre of offshore renewable technology for the century ahead.
“It is great for the economy and great for the environment. It is a good thing the Energy Secretary has not listened to the ‘naysayers’ who continually talk down renewable energy.
“This offshore renewable energy source will be able to provide energy for approximately 450,000 homes and is an investment in our energy security for the future, helping to make Britain self-sufficient in the future.”
Newhaven Port manager Francois Jean said: “Offshore wind is one of the five key strategic priorities laid out in the Port Masterplan and NPP is delighted E.ON’s planning permission for the Rampion offshore wind farm has come through.
“We have been working closely with E.ON over the last 18 months to make sure that Newhaven Port invests in and provides the facilities needed to both construct and operate the Rampion wind farm.
“We are grateful to East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council, Newhaven Town Council, South Downs National Park Authority and Seaford Town Council for the support they have given during this process, which should help to maximise the economic benefits and jobs for local people from this large infrastructure project.”
E.ON’s wind farm development manager Chris Tomlinson, said: “This is great news for E.ON and for Sussex. The wind farm will not only help generate jobs during both construction and operation, but also provide a boost to the port regeneration at Newhaven and the local economy. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank the Sussex community for the high level of interest they’ve shown in this project, including their responses to our consultations and to the Planning Inspectorate during the examination which has all helped shape the project which we have today.”