Lincolnshire County Council vows to fight Triton Knoll wind farm plans off Skegness and Mablethorpe coastline

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Lincolnshire County Council has vowed it will fight existing plans for a major wind farm off the Skegness and Mablethorpe coastline.

The Triton Knoll development, which will see up to 288 turbines erected 20 miles off the Lincolnshire coastline, was given development consent by the government last week.

If built it would be the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

The farm would be roughly three to four times the distance out to sea as the existing turbines off Skegness.
And although Lincolnshire County Council is not opposed to the wind farm itself it is angry at plans to drive ‘miles and miles’ of electrical cabling from the turbines through the county.

This include proposals to bring the cables ashore at the Anderby Creek beauty spot, and build a ‘substation’ on the outskirts of Skegness, before running the lines down to Bicker Fen near Boston.

Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “We do not object to the wind farm itself, but we do object to the miles and miles of cabling that will need to be routed through Lincolnshire as it will cause huge disruption to local people, and to our tourism industry.

“In addition, we feel that the electrical compound proposed for Skegness and huge substation proposed for Bicker could all be built at Killingholme without causing any harm to people or the local economy.

“Lincolnshire County Council has met with both the National Grid and the developers, RWE, to voice its opposition.

“This project will cost £3.6billion to deliver - much of which will be subsidised by the British taxpayer.

“For a project of this scale, developers and planners have a duty to listen to our communities. Cost should not be a factor.

“I, alongside my colleagues at the county council, will continue to fight for a solution which suits both the needs of the developer and the wishes of local people.”

The council’s latest comments come just days after the government’s announcement.

RWE has welcomed the decision, believing the project could attract billions of pounds of investment while creating hundreds of jobs and making a substantial contribution to the UK’s clean energy supply.

“This is a crucial milestone and means we are one step close to being able to deliver this much needed energy infrastructure,” said Triton Knoll project manager Jacob Hain.

“The decision sends another positive message to the industry about the growth and potential of renewables in the UK.”

The 1,200MW project is expected to generate enough power to meet the needs of 820,000 homes.