On Friday the Government approved plans for two large wind farms. The Sheringham Shoal scheme will be built 12 miles off the coast of Norfolk, have more than 100 turbines and will have a capacity of 315 megawats and be able to power 178,000 homes. A smaller onshore development at Alnwick in Northumberland will have a 75 megawat capacity, enough to power 27,000 homes. Approval is subject to technical solutions being found within the next five years to meet the Ministry of Defence’s concerns about the impacts on two radar stations. Maria McCaffery, chief executive of the British Wind Energy Authority, said: “This is fantastic news, this is a major step forward for both the wind industry and a major step towards delivering the 2020 renewable energy targets.
“These decisions show that with patience, determination and co-operation it is possible to overcome difficult technical issues and win planning permission”.