November 2013 – Hello, thank you for visiting our website. We await the Planning Inspectorate’s announcement of the Preliminary Meeting at which the agenda will be set for the 6 month examination of RWE’s Atlantic Array wind farm application. Registrations have closed for Interested Parties and Relevant Representations. You can read the submissions here. Those who registered now have time to prepare any additional Written Representations and plan for open-floor hearings and/or issue-specific hearings.
Once activity begins again in earnest this website will track developments as they happen. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us if you have questions or burning issues to discuss.
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What is the Atlantic Array?
This inappropriately named proposed development is for an inshore wind farm of up to 240 turbines to be sited in the Bristol Channel between Devon, Lundy and South Wales. The developer, RWE npower renewables, anticipates that the first phase of the farm will become operational before 2020.
The Atlantic Array is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and follows the processes laid down by Government. Following pre-application public consultation, RWE submitted a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in June 2013 for a Development Consent Order. RWE’s Environmental Statement which supports the application is a substantial and complex body of work, requiring hundreds of hours of reading to understand in depth.
The application was accepted for Examination in July 2013, and Interested Parties are invited to register by 16 September 2013 to take part in the 6-month Examination phase. Following that, PINS will make recommendations to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision on the application – probably in the second half of 2014.
Why do we object?
The development is in the wrong place using the wrong technology. It would be an industrial mass larger and higher than the Gower Peninsula, visible from National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales which are already protected for the nation. Wind power is likely to be superseded by more predictable and efficient technologies, e.g. wave and tidal, within 10 years.
During the pre-application consultation, many deficiencies were discovered in RWE’s proposal. Rhossili Working Group has examined some of them in detail and is trying to hold RWE to account. You can see our issues on this website. Objectors in England and Wales have been challenging RWE on fundamental issues – you can link to some of them from here.