RPS submits plans for enormous Sheerness wind turbine plant
AJ100 big hitter RPS Group has submitted an outline plans for a huge 70 ha wind turbine factory at the Port of Sheerness in Sheppey
The proposed facility will manufacture and ship out newly developed seven megawatt turbines for use in off-shore UK wind farms.
Design for Denmark-based renewable energy giant Vestas Wind Systems, the development is thought to be one of the largest manufacturing plants of its type in Europe.
The proposed site is currently home to quaysides, berths and other Port of Sheerness facilities.
A Grade II-listed building on the site and other buildings associated with statutorily listed structures would be removed to make way for the facility.
Managing director of Pell Ports Medway Paul Kavanagh said: ‘The planning application sets out our proposals for a thriving port over the next 30 years and beyond.
‘It makes good use of the considerable land and assets we have available at Sheerness, enabling us to accommodate Vestasʼ brand new manufacturing facility, securing the long term economic wellbeing of the area.’
Councillor Andrew Bowles, leader of Swale Borough Council said: ‘This is a really exciting project and we are tremendously pleased that the planning application has been submitted because it shows the project is moving ahead. Obviously the application has to be rigorously and objectively assessed by the planning committee, and this is the next stage.’
It is claimed the facility will create 2,000 new jobs. A decision on planning consent is expected in May.
The burgeoning off-shore wind farm industry is expected to act as a catalyst for onshore regeneration at depressed ports and coastal towns in the UK. Recent years have seen a growing number of architects involved in wind energy projects.
Aedas project director Mike Oades, who won a commission to design a £25 million new mixed-use harbour in Lincolnshire last year, says: ‘There is no reason why UK architects shouldn’t be in the vanguard of this wave of opportunity.’