Offshore wind developers fear expensive marine protection plans

Extensions to marine protection areas in England and Wales could impose huge costs, say developers of offshore wind farms. But government bodies disagree.

Groups have put forward 127 marine conservation zones in England and Wales (credit: Andy Roberts CC BY 2.0)Offshore wind developers claim plans to designate marine protected areas could cost them as much as £42bn over 20 years.

The plans are part of the government’s ambition to create an ecologically coherent network of protected sites in UK waters.

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