RWE npower’s massive offshore wind farm project in the UK is to be significantly scaled back following a critical public reaction, and an unfavourable court ruling against the industry.

The Atlantic Array project, located in the Bristol Channel between South Wales and North Devon, is to be reduced by a third.

Offshore wind farm

The news follows a High Court ruling in favour of preserving the landscape of the Norfolk Broads and against allowing four giant turbines to be built on the site.

The £3bn Atlantic Array scheme is expected to provide energy for up to a million homes when it becomes fully operational within the next ten years.

RWE’s decision comes amid a background of dissent against the schemes, with legal experts calling the ruling a significant test case for planning rules introduced in March.

Development Manager for Atlantic Array, Robert Thornhill said: “We have, reduced the maximum number of turbines for which we will apply for planning consent, from 417 to 278, following responses to our public consultation and our environmental and engineering studies to date.

“We will apply for planning consent to build Atlantic Array with up to 1500mw capacity but have significantly reduced the horizontal view of the wind farm from the closest points.

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