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Vattenfall says public support plans to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm project with dozens of extra turbines

PUBLISHED: 09:29 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 29 August 2017

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Survey conducted into plans to increase scale of site off the Thanet and Sandwich coast

Those living along the coast where plans are afoot to increase the size of an off-shore wind farm say they are broadly in support of the proposals.

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall wants to add a further 34 giant turbines to the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Thanet and Sandwich.

There are currently 100 turbines on the site, which has been operational since 2010.

It commissioned an independent survey among those resident most affected by the extension plans.

According to the findings of the Lake Market Research work, 60 per cent of those interviewed said that Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm was a good idea, 29 per cent claimed they were not sure, with the remainder saying it was not a good idea.

When asked to explain why they liked the idea of the extension, 45 per cent of respondents said that it was a “cleaner” and “greener” alternative and another five per cent said it was “better for the environment”.

The survey, conducted in May 2017, also found that 83 per cent of residents thought it was important the extension benefited the promotion of “the area as being ‘greener’ because it’s producing energy from renewable sources”.

Helen Jameson, Vattenfall’s project manager for the Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We started talking to local people about our plans for an extension to Vattenfall’s Thanet Offshore Wind Farm early this year. It’s still early days for the extension proposal and we can never take support for granted, nonetheless, it’s obviously good to hear that the survey found strong support among residents for the idea of an extension.

“Tackling climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge facing humanity and we have found – perhaps unsurprisingly – that’s why people in the local area back an extension to Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.”

The extension could potentially double the output of the existing wind farm with more powerful turvines.

Vattenfall is to discuss more detailed plans with local residents in the autumn.

Vattenfall also operates the Kentish Flats site off the coast of Whitstable and Herne Bay.

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