Huge wind farm could be built along Sussex coast

THE FUTURE? Wind power
THE FUTURE? Wind power
Portsmouth MPs Penny Mordaunt (left) and Stephen Morgan (right)

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MAJOR proposals for an off-shore wind farm stretching across a wide area of the Sussex coastline will be put under the spotlight by a scrutiny committee.

The debate on the Rampion plan, put forward by energy giant E.ON, will be webcast because of the huge public interest.

The meeting of the West Sussex County Council’s environmental and community services select committee takes place on Friday, July 12 at County Hall, Chichester.

The proposed Rampion Offshore Wind farm would extend from Peacehaven in the east to Worthing with up to 175 turbines.

County councillor John de Mierre, committee chairman, said: ‘This is one of the biggest planning applications that Sussex has seen for many years, so given the implications, and the public interest, we felt it important that the debate should be webcast.

‘Our role as a scrutiny committee will be to look in detail at the proposals and advise the appropriate cabinet member about our views, and any concerns we might have, before the county council’s views are formally submitted to the inspectorate.’

The project, expected to take four years to complete, would generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes. The webcast will start at 10.30am on July 12 from