District council objects to RWE Skegness compound location as Western Economic Corridor scheme is revealed


Plans for the ‘Western Economic Corridor’, or ‘Bypass’ which would benefit Skegness and provide a boost to the district’s economy have led East Lindsey District Council to oppose the siting of an ‘intermediate compound’ on land near Skegness Industrial Estate.

In April the council was consulted by RWE npower renewables with regards to the siting of a compound within the district to transfer power generated from its offshore Triton Knoll windfarm to a sub station at Bicker Fen, near Boston.

At the time, from three possible sites suggested by RWE npower renewables, the council responded that the site on Wainfleet Road, next to Skegness Industrial Estate, was the least objectionable of the three. The council previously advised the company that the alternative sites that had been presented to them by RWE npower renewables, opposite Skegness Stadium and near Burgh le Marsh, were unsuitable due to their rural character.

But, in light of a proposed ‘Vision for Skegness’ project recently published and supported by the county council - including a northern bypass together with a link between the A158 and A52, the district council has announced that it no longer views the Wainfleet Road site as a suitable option.

Councillor Craig Leyland, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “In the light of the recently published ‘Vision for Skegness’, the council has advised RWE npower renewables that we do not support the siting of the Triton Knoll compound on this site as we do not wish to see anything that might stand in the way of achieving this important initiative.

“The scheme itself would benefit visitors and the tourism industry all the way along the coast and would give better access to proposed employment opportunities. It would be a real boost for the town and the district’s economy.

”We are delighted to see the support given to the overall scheme by the county council and trust that this will now be afforded priority in both their road programme and their economic development strategy.”

Although the district council does not support the proposals, RWE npower renewables could still apply for such a development through the planning process and the district council would have to consider any application received on its own individual merits.