Our view on shelving of Atlantic Array windfarm

Early morning light on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel © 177349/Joe Cornish

Early morning light on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel

Latest update 26.11.2013 16:46

Plans for a major offshore wind farm, known as the Atlantic Array, have been dropped by energy company RWE. The wind farm would have consisted of more than 240 turbines located in the Bristol Channel – with a significant impact on the north Devon coast and Lundy Island.

We own many miles of coast in this area of the South West of England and have owned Lundy, which is managed in partnership with the Landmark Trust, since 1969.

In reaction to the news of plans to build the Atlantic Array being shelved Simon Pryor, our natural environment director said: 'This is an enormous relief; we have said all along that proposing such a huge wind farm so close to such a wild and beautiful coastline was disastrous. It would have had a massive impact on the views from some of our most spectacular coast in North Devon and South Wales, as well as Lundy Island.

'The Atlantic Array was at the wrong scale and in the wrong place. We’ve always said that the process that arrived at that site was flawed and call on Government to rethink how we identify and license these sites in the future.

'We’re totally committed to renewable energy and hope that this presents an opportunity for a better discussion on how we best harness energy from the Severn estuary - one of the places with the highest potential for tidal power.

'There is a need to find a strategic solution and a plan-led approach to harnessing energy in a way that maximises generation, minimises the landscape impacts and enhances the natural environment. This can be achieved if we look at a real mix of generation at a smaller scale and more carefully chosen locations.'