10th October 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out commitments (6/10/20) to ensure that offshore wind will produce more than enough electricity to power every home in the country by 2030, based on current electricity usage, boosting the government’s previous 30 GW target to 40 GW.

Our view is,

  • We welcome addressing the country’s demand for energy with home-produced renewable energy.
  • The move suggests the pressure on Cumbria’s landscapes for windfarm development should be reduced. This is obviously good for the landscape itself, and many communities feel threatened or blighted by windfarms. We need to be aware of seascapes as well as landscapes. Some of the Lake District National Park is coastal, as are two of our AONBs. We have also asked Natural England to consider a southern extension to the Lake District National Park, and this is also a coastal area. There is a visual connection between some of the high fells and the sea.
  • Reducing the threat to the landscape reduces a threat to the visitor economy, so valuable to local businesses and jobs, and this move is also positive in terms of green jobs.
  • Overall, we welcome in principle but will still need some consideration case by case, particularly if closer to shore.