MP calls on government to support Norfolk’s offshore wind farms

On Tuesday 3rd July during Treasury Questions Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, during Treasury Oral Questions whether he was aware of the impressive offshore wind sector in Norfolk and whether he would consider additional enticements for further expansion.

It was an excellent and positive reply from the Minister who stated that as a country “we are maintaining our position as a global leader in offshore wind. But the combination of that with support for the battery storage sector is important, and we will be supporting it through the capacity market which is helping to bring down costs.”

Commenting on the matter Henry stated: “Given the exponential investment by the offshore wind sector along the Norfolk coast is it not now the time the Government looked to offer further tax incentives, to encourage a technological breakthrough which could lead to phenomenal economic development.”

“The positive effects offshore wind farms can have on Norfolk are made clear with the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas schemes. Dependent on the Planning Inspectorates decision these two proposals could create hundreds of jobs and provide energy to millions of homes across the UK. Furthermore, there is no real possibility that we will start to see more jobs created onshore – there are already a significant number of existing jobs based around the servicing and maintenance of the offshore arrays.”

“Obviously it is imperative the concerns of local residents are taken into account, by ensuring that all land in which the cables are run through are returned to their original state; in addition to this construction traffic must be kept to a minimum where possible.”