Onshore works for offshore wind farms
CPRE Norfolk is very well aware of the importance of a renewable energy strategy for the UK and the important role Norfolk plays in this. It is inevitable that some disruption will occur as new sites come on stream, and land-based works for offshore wind farm sites are required to feed the power generated to the grid. However, choices in regard to the transmission route and the technology employed (e.g.CPRE supports the use of high voltage direct current (HVDC) rather than high voltage alternating current (HVAC) here) should be those which minimise damage to the countryside and landscape.
Disruption, and especially long-term damage to the countryside and its communities must be mitigated against, and planning mitigation measures must play a critical role in development of plans and execution of works. Where opportunities arise to provide measures that assist offset the impacts of works, these must be a priority, not as a bribe, but as a long-term form of community-wide betterment.
We will continue to monitor progress of schemes, and provide comment and enter discussions where we can. We will not comment on any one site over another as we would expect communities to participate in those discussions.
You can read more about our views on wind farms and associated matters here.