Have your say on wind farm plan

YOU CAN still have your say on E.ON’s plans for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the Sussex coast.

Another eight week consultation started on Wednesday containing more detailed environmental information about the project from the company’s Environmental Statement but the original proposals remain the same.

The proposed offshore wind farm, which would be located 13km off the Sussex coast at its nearest point, could feature between 100 and 195 turbines depending on the model used.

The site, roughly between Newhaven and Lancing, could accommodate an installed electrical capacity of up to 700MW, which E.ON estimates could generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 450,000 homes, two-thirds of the homes in the whole of Sussex.

Statutory bodies, local authorities, county councils and landowners will be asked for their views.

More than 4,500 visitors attended 12 exhibitions across the area as part of a 12-week community consultation ending on May 6 and 1,500 responses were submitted.

In response to this growing interest, E.ON announced this additional consultation period would be extended to eight weeks, doubling the statutory requirement of 28 days, to offer the public and statutory bodies more time to consider the proposals in greater detail, now that the draft Environmental Statement is available.

Chris Tomlinson, E.ON development manager for the project, said: “The people of Sussex have a real thirst for knowledge about the Rampion project and we’ve been so impressed by the level of interest that we want to factor in even more time for those who wish to consider the proposals in greater detail now that the draft Environmental Statement is available. This is the largest consultation E.ON has ever undertaken in the UK. Having doubled this additional consultation to eight weeks to allow more detailed discussions with the public and stakeholder groups, this brings the total period of consultation to 20 weeks with the community and wider public consultation combined.

“Everyone will then be able to comment on the final application once submitted later in the year.”

Any response to the consultation should be sent by email to rampion@eon.com or To Freepost Rampion Offshore Wind Farmby August 8.