Arrival of wind farm will bring jobs says Newhaven Port

Area of Tidemills to be used for wind farm equipment.
Area of Tidemills to be used for wind farm equipment.

Much of the debate in Newhaven about plans for the offshore wind farm are pure speculation, Newhaven Port and Properties (NPP) said, urging people to attend a public consultation event during April to find out the facts.

The port stressed this week the area around Tide Mills had been earmarked for port expansion for some time and that it would protect the local beauty spot.

It was also highlighting the extra jobs which would be created by the development of the wind farm, as well as the companies it would attract to the town.

In a statement from the port released this week it said: “NPP is aware of the debate that is starting locally on its plans, for the most part based on pure speculation.

“NPP encourages as many people as possible to come to the public consultation and to discuss the proposals with them at that time.”

The development of the Rampion offshore wind farm by E.ON represented a very major investment in the Newhaven area, it added.

Newhaven Port will be the operations base for the wind farm which NPP said would generate up to 85 local jobs and a further 50 indirect jobs.

Requirements for the wind farm at the port will be a new quayside of up to 300 metres and a lay-down and preassembly area for turbines, rotors and other key equipment of approximately ten hectares, known as the construction port facilities.

This will be on an area of land west of Mill Drove and south of the creek, which has long been earmarked for port expansion.

The spokesperson added: “NPP has always recognised the need to preserve the archaeologically significant Tide Mills area and the old seaplane base, and it offered to transfer a significant piece of its land into public/private ownership to create a public access conservation area/habitat reserve between the South Downs National Park and the port expansion area.”

A planning application for the construction port facilities will be submitted in May.

Providing the construction port facilities will bring another round of offshore wind supply chain companies to Newhaven and - during the construction and operation of the facilities – is estimated to generate a further 150 direct and indirect jobs, said NPP.

A public consultation event will be held on Tuesday April 15 from 2pm to 8pm at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven.

Details of the plans and proposals will be available, and key staff will be on hand.

Last week the Sussex Express reported that cranes look set to be used to pick up wind farm components from the lay down area near Tide Mills, which is right next to the South Downs National Park.

The offshore wind farm will consist of between 100 to 175 turbines and could create enough electricity to supply around 450,000 homes.