Norfolk MP to host public off-shore wind farm meeting

Norman Lamb hosted a public meeting in Holt to discuss the plans. Picture: Liberal Democrats.

Norman Lamb hosted a public meeting in Holt to discuss the plans. Picture: Liberal Democrats. - Credit: Liberal Democrats

People in north Norfolk can have their say on plans for a controversial off-shore wind farm at a meeting hosted by MP Norman Lamb.

Danish energy giant Ørsted hopes to build the Hornsea Project Three wind farm off the coast of north Norfolk

The plans have proved controversial, particularly regarding the proposed cable route and its potential damage to the surrounding area from the laying of the cable, and the impact of an onshore booster station in open countryside.

Mr Lamb believes residents need to have as much input as possible in the development stage of Ørsted's proposed third off-shore wind farm, to ensure the least impact.

He said: 'We held a massive public meeting last year on the Vattenfall proposal and it helped influence the company to opt for using the less damaging option of high voltage direct current (HVDC).

'It's vitally important for local people to be able to have their say, ask questions and raise any concerns when a major building project is proposed in their area, particularly when the environment and their day-to-day lives are affected.

'If given the green light, this wind farm could bring major benefits to the local economy as well as the nation's sustainable energy development, but the people it will immediately affect must be included in the development stages. I urge anyone who wants to learn more or raise any issues to come along to this meeting.'

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The project has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for full examination, which is expected to take up to nine months including a pre-examination period.

The Planning Inspectorate will then make its recommendation to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

If approved, the wind farm would be situated 121km off the north Norfolk coast, where up to 300 offshore wind turbines could generate electricity.

A cable corridor stretching from Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast to an electrical substation at Swardeston, south of Norwich, would transport the electricity to the National grid.

The public meeting with Hornsea Project 3 representatives is at 6pm, July 12 at Holt Methodist Church.