Vow to help Barrow reap benefits of giant windfarm
Last updated at 17:01, Tuesday, 22 October 2013
AUTHORITIES are urging the company behind plans to create Europe’s biggest offshore windfarm in Cumbria to significantly “recompense” local communities.
Windfarm operator Dong Energy is seeking to build up to 207 more turbines on their existing site in the Irish Sea, about 19km south-west of Walney.
It has submitted a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate, which has invited local authorities to give their views.
Cumbria County Council has approved a report setting out how the proposed development would affect the local area, but wants to secure a community benefits package in exchange.
Cabinet member for environment at Cumbria County Council, Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, said: “No one should underestimate the size and impact of this major proposed development, therefore no one should underestimate the need for communities to get due recompense for hosting it.
“The secretary of state will make the final decision on the Walney Offshore Windfarm application, but we are determined to ensure that communities in Cumbria and Lancashire receive the maximum benefits in terms of economic opportunities through sustainable job creation and training, investment in infrastructure and developer contributions direct to communities.”
Members of the council agreed that Dong Energy should provide “substantial” community benefits if the expansion plan is approved.
A spokesperson from Dong Energy said: “DONG Energy intends to offer communities located near the proposed Walney extension offshore wind project a community benefit fund.
“It is intended that the proposed funding will be available to local people and organisations and would be operated independently. We hope to consult with local councils and other local stakeholders to establish what type of projects they believe should qualify for funding.”
Dong Energy hopes the offshore windfarm development will increase the capacity of the site to 750MW and power up to 500,000 properties.
First published at 16:26, Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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These wind turbines have already blighted our skyline. While I see the need for renewable energy and we all have to do our bit, I think we've more than done that already. The wind farm is already bigger than it should have been and making it any bigger would be a huge mistake (especially as there's been no impact study on the effects on wildlife/sea birds).What I'd like to see is harnessing tidal energy, the tide is continuous unlike the wind. Why are we ignoring the possibilities there.And while I'm at it, if this farm provides energy for so many households, how come people in the Furness peninsula & those impacted aren't receiving huge discounts off our electric bills? It's no good saying it'll be available in a fund for the community if the average person has no access to that fund.