Windfarm to be put under microscope

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Proposals for a power line through the heart of Mid Sussex and a Channel windfarm will be put under the microscope.

The power feed cables from the windfarm would be run from the coast underground to a new sub station at Bolney.

The South Downs Society has supported the scheme, with the proviso that the opportunity is taken to also bury existing overhead cables and also tidy up an old cement works site.

It has been confirmed that the Rampion offshore wind farm application has been accepted by the Government for examination.

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that the application from E.ON Climate and Renewables for the proposed Rampion offshore wind farm has been accepted, by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The application is for an offshore wind farm with a generating capacity of 700 megwatts.

Its offshore and onshore electrical infrastructure includes a cable route from the coast to a new substation near the existing one at Bolney.

The acceptance to proceed decision and a copy of the application can be viewed at the Rampion offshore wind farm project page on the Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Directorate’s website. www.planningportal.gov.uk/infrastructure

People who are interested in the proposal may register with the Planning Inspectorate as an interested party.

Once the period for registering as an interested party to make relevant representations has opened, people will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate online at: www.planningportal.gov.uk/infrastructure by visiting the project’s page and completing the online ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’.

Those without internet access may call the Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Directorate helpline: 0303 444 5000 for a printed registration form.