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Map puts town in prime position

PUBLISHED: 16:46 21 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 05 July 2010

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard with the Crown Estates map.

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard with the Crown Estates map.

THE Crown Estate's Round 3 map, which has now been published, confirms Lowestoft's future at the heart of offshore wind energy development.

The Crown Estate's announcement three weeks ago indicated that most of the 25 gigawatts of new Round 3 offshore wind development would be sited off the East coast.

THE Crown Estate's Round 3 map, which has now been published, confirms Lowestoft's future at the heart of offshore wind energy development.

The Crown Estate's announcement three weeks ago indicated that most of the 25 gigawatts of new Round 3 offshore wind development would be sited off the East coast. Now the detailed map shows that one of the main allocated areas is right on Lowestoft's doorstep.

Waveney MP, Bob Blizzard, lobbied the Crown Estate during the drafting of the map, to ensure one of the largest zones for development would be situated just off the coast near to Lowestoft.

Bob Blizzard said: “The publication of this map confirms the next round of wind energy is set to bring a jobs and investment bonanza to Lowestoft. I have been lobbying the Crown Estate to recognise the strategic important of Lowestoft for offshore wind, but this goes even further than I expected, with a huge chunk of the coast off Lowestoft allocated as a prime spot for offshore wind farms.

“The map recognises what we all know already - that with our location as the most easterly point in the UK and our state-of-the-art £9 million ORBIS centre, Lowestoft is the perfect hub for renewable energy companies seeking to develop and maintain future offshore wind farms.

“This brings us even closer to our aim of becoming the wind energy capital of the UK.”

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