Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

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Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Received 10 September 2018
From The Corporation of Trinity House

Representation


Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar with powers principally derived from the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (as amended). The statutory role of Trinity House as a General Lighthouse Authority includes the superintendence and management of lighthouses, buoys and beacons within our area of jurisdiction.

We submit that the development would create an unacceptable increase in risk to the safety and navigation of mariners at sea, therefore we OBJECT to the proposed red line boundary (as revised) within the plans.

Our concerns include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The proposed boundary reduces the space available for shipping between the windfarm and Kent coast. We are particularly concerned about the accumulation of traffic and ease of navigation between the north-west and westerly boundary.
- The risk mitigation measures, in our opinion, do not reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
- We find the statement within the Navigation Risk Assessment executive summary referring to the “…. Increase in collision rate from once in six years to once in four years” an unacceptable situation. Vattenfall have shown they consider the reduction in the red line boundary has now made this one in 4.5 years, which in our opinion remains unacceptable.

We look forward to discussing the matter and finding an amicable solution at the examination stage of this process.

Please direct correspondence regarding this application to the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected]