The first consent order for a huge wind farm off the coast of Bridlington has been granted - the biggest of its kind to ever receive planning permission in the UK.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey approved the application for the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck development, which was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the Forewind consortium in August last year.
Mr Davey said: “This is another great boost for Yorkshire and Humberside. This development has the potential to support hundreds of green jobs and power up to two million homes.”
Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, which has a total generating capacity of 2.4GW, comprises two separate 1.2GW offshore wind farms, each with up to 200 turbines installed across an area of around 500km2.
The wind farms will be located 131 kilometres from the UK coast and will connect into the existing Creyke Beck substation near Cottingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Once constucted the facility is expected to be one of the UK’s largest power generators, seconded only to the Drax coalfired station in North Yorkshire.
In total it will be capable of generating eight terrawatt hours of green energy per year, equal to the amount used annually by approximately 1.8 million British homes.
A spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change added: “This translates into real jobs, particularly in areas like Yorkshire which is becoming an energy hub.This is one of the largest investments in the Humberside area in the last 50 years and clearly demonstrates that the UK is the leading market for the sector.”