The plans for the Rampion offshore windfarm have been resubmitted to the Planning Expectorate by Eon . Proposals for the 175 turbine array off the Sussex coast were withdrawn in January after Eon failed to consult neighboring local authorities over the plans.
Chris Tomlinson, Eon development manager for the 700MW project, said the decision by the government to accept the proposals for examination was an “important milestone”.
The proposals have been adjusted by Eon following feedback from from more than 1,500 people and organisations in Sussex.
The alterations include reducing the windfarm area to around half of the area awarded by The Crown Estate in January 2012, reducing the visual impact by more than a third and lowering the number of turbines potentially by 20.
The other changes include a quicker method to install the onshore cable, tailored reconstruction to reduce the impact on chalk grasslands and ‘minor realignments of the cable route’ to avoid ecologically sensitive areas’.
A decision is expected on the planning consent in summer 2014.