The MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox has promised his constituents he will do all he can to represent their concerns over proposals for one of the world’s biggest off-shore wind farms.
Mr Cox met with the Five Parishes Working Group in Littleham on Friday to discuss the impact of the Atlantic Array wind farm, which is proposed for the Bristol Channel – 16 km from the North Devon coast.
The group also discussed the next steps in response to the planning proposal from the developer of the scheme RWE nPower Renewables.
Representatives from Abbotsham, Alverdiscott, Alwington, Littleham and Northam attended the meeting.
Mr Cox reassured them that this was simply the start of the journey, and that he planned to take a number of actions to ensure the best possible outcome for his constituents.
He said: “I want to ensure the concerns of my constituents are heard and addressed, and they are simply not receiving adequate attention at the moment.”
He also spoke about plans to meet with RWE if the project goes ahead to put in place an effective method of resolving issues, which any contractor must abide by, to limit the potential impact on those affected by the onshore cabling works.
Mr Cox added: “My intention is fully and accurately to represent the concerns of my constituents at the forthcoming planning inquiry.
“With this in mind I have asked each Parish to produce an objective briefing on behalf of their communities, which is focused on planning grounds.
“This will enable me to present effectively their concerns within my own representations.”