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Plans submitted for 100 wind turbines off Lincolnshire coast with substation at Surfleet Marsh

Plans for a major new windfarm which will have an impact on the area have been submitted.

Developers TotalEnergies, Corio Generation and Gulf Energy Development wants to build 100 wind turbines off the Lincolnshire coast with the power transmitted via underground cables from Anderby Marsh to a substation at Surfleet Marsh. It will also connect into existing National Grid overhead transmission lines in the Weston Marsh area

The developer has now submitted an application for the 1.5GW Outer Dowsing Offshore wind farm to the Planning Inspectorate for a development consent order – the authority will have 28 days to decide on its fate.

A photomontage showing how the substation would look behind trees
A photomontage showing how the substation would look behind trees

A panel of independent inspectors will conduct the examination of the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State about whether the project should go ahead – taking the power out of the hands of local planners who can have a voice but no say.

Chris Jenner, Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind Development Director said: “The UK needs to reduce reliance on energy imports while also reducing our emissions.

“Upon completion, Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind will be one of the UK’s biggest wind farms stopping the equivalent of nearly two million tonnes of CO2 from entering our atmosphere every year. In addition to addressing climate change, we have an opportunity to build our new renewable power generation in a way that minimises disruption and maximises the benefit to the UK.

“This application is the culmination of many studies, surveys, community meetings and consultation events. We have taken on board feedback to design the project in the most environmentally sensitive way.”

This application comes after people along the Lincolnshire coast have hit out over plans to install pylons to transmit power across the country.

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