THOUSANDS of people from across Sussex turned out to give E.ON their views on its proposed Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
The company has hosted 12 public exhibitions across the county in the largest consultation it has ever undertaken in the UK, resulting in 4,511 members of the community coming along to find out about the proposals.
The formal community consultation for the development closes on Sunday May 6.
The consultation document and questionnaire are available on the project website www.eon-uk.com/rampion and in public buildings.
E.ON project development manager Chris Tomlinson said: “I’ve been surprised and delighted by the level of response we’ve had for the Rampion project so far.
“I’ve spoken to hundreds of people at our exhibitions and the majority feel positive about the proposed development for the region.
“If you haven’t yet had your say on the Rampion proposals, we’d urge you to have a look at our consultation document and submit a questionnaire before Sunday 6 May.
“We want as much feedback as possible so that we can design the very best wind farm project, which will make a valuable contribution to securing our electricity supply in the future.”
Lewes MP Norman Baker said: “I congratulate E.ON for the way they have approached the community consultation process for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
“They have set a very good example of best practice for others to follow and I look forward to seeing the final proposal E.ON put forward.”
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 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.
That is more than two-thirds of the homes in the whole of Sussex, including Brighton and Hove.
The local community can have their say on the proposal by completing and returning a consultation questionnaire; online at www.eon-uk.com/rampion, or www.facebook.com/rampionwindfarm, post to FREEPOST RAMPION OFFSHORE WIND FARM, email the Rampion team using firstname.lastname@example.org or call the consultation line on 01273 694 876.