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Major expansion to Thanet wind farm proposed - find out where you can attend public information events here

PUBLISHED: 09:54 06 January 2017

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Vattenfall want to add more than 30 turbines to site off Foreness Point

A wind farm off the Kent coast could be set to be extended by a further 34 turbines.

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, has revealed early plans to extend its Thanet Offshore Wind Farm which already boasts 100 of the huge turbines in the sea some 10-15km off Foreness Point.

Now it holding five public information days in Thanet to gauge public opinion.

Helen Jameson, the project director, said: “Vattenfall’s Kent cluster of offshore wind power has made an important contribution to the Thanet and Kent economy and community. We think there is an opportunity to add more green energy capacity to the existing Thanet Offshore Wind Farm to deliver cheap, green, economy boosting electricity.

“We are at the early stages but it’s important we understand local people’s concerns and hopes for the extension. Please come along to one of our drop in sessions and ask the specialists on hand about our early plans.”

More than 70 people are currently working at Vattenfall’s busy Ramsgate Harbour operations base supporting the three wind farms in the Kent Cluster: Thanet, Kentish Flats and Kentish Flats Extension.

As the extension would be considered a major infrastructure investment by planners the planning process will be handled by the Planning Inspectorate and a development consent order (DCO) is required to be granted by the government’s energy secretary.

This week, Vattenfall approached the government about the scope of the environment impact.

The meetings take place at:

Date: January 20

Where: Royal Temple Yacht Club, 6 Westcliff Mansions, Ramsgate CT11 9HY

Time: 2pm - 7pm

Date: January 21

Where: Broadstairs Pavilion, Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1EU

Time: 11am - 4pm

Date: January 23

Where: The Walpole, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2JJ

Time: 2pm - 7pm

Date: January 26

Where: The Guildhall, Cattle Market, Sandwich CT13 9AH

Time: 2pm - 7pm

Date: January 28

Where: Cliffsend Village Hall, Foads Lane, Cliffsend CT12 5JH

Time: 2pm - 7pm

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