Good progress in Newhaven to becoming an offshore renewables base
Newhaven’s master plan drawn up by Royal Haskoning DHV and part funded through the PATCH project, an Interreg IVA 2 Seas project, has allowed FLIP partners to benefit from previous experience in the field of port master planning. The master plan has identified a number of opportunities for future development of the port buildings and land through until 2020. One of those opportunities focused on the offshore renewable energy industry. On the back of this, Newhaven has recently been identified as an operations and maintenance base to service the Rampion offshore wind farm site located 20 kilometres to the south of Brighton. The lessons learnt by Newhaven in developing the master plan include an effective community consultation strategy, the zoning of pre-defined activity areas and serves as an important base line for attracting investment and external funding. The process will be showcased at a cross border workshop planned for 9th December 2014v in Brighton and the FLIP project has co-financed similar master plans in Tor Bay and will support the visit of a delegation from Conseil General du Cotes D’Armor and the Port of Saint Brieuc Le Legue who are looking to carry out a similar master planning exercise in light of their identification by the French government as a port that will support the operations and maintenance of a new offshore wind farm that has recently been selected.