Fylde Coast resident claims she could see dramatic fall in house price if wind farm plans go ahead

A Fylde Coast resident has spoken out against plans for an offshore wind farm which she says could disrupt the area.

Pamela Cairns has lived in her Freckleton home for the past six years, having purchased the property to settle with her husband ahead of their retirement. In partnership with BP and EnBW, Morgan and Morecambe are looking to connect two projects in the Irish Sea to the National Grid substation in Penwortham, which they say will generate enough electricity for around two million homes.

Although residents aren't opposed to green energy, most are opposed to the onshore sections of the plans, which will see a cable corridor 'wider than the M55 motorway' effecting greenbelt land. Two substations are also proposed, one in Newton and one in Kirkham. One is set to be the size of 13 football pitches and over 23 metres in height.


If plans go ahead, when Pamela looks outside her living room window, she says she will directly overlook the large substation. Last year, Pamela arranged for two estate agents to visit her home and value the property. Without informing them of the wind farm plans, it was valued at around £285,000 to 295,000.

She claims that after telling them where the substation was planned to be built, the valuation decreased by £60,000.

Accused of being a 'nimby', Pamela says the issue is a lot more nuanced. She was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 17 years ago.

Pamela says she submitted her objections for the plans, outlining how she needs to sleep with the window open every night for air circulation. She added: "I explained I have to sleep with my bedroom window open all year round for my chest. I said 'how am I going to do that when there's a buzzing noise all the time?'"

She and others are also concerned about local schools.

Pamela worries there's 'going to be so much disruption', which will 'lock the whole area down' for around 'eight years' while the project is completed. She added: "It'll disrupt a lot of people's lives and a lot of people's livelihoods. It's heartbreaking."

Jonny Wilde lives in a village on the Fylde Coast, Newton, which is a focus point with a lot of the wind farm plans. He established the Facebook group, 'Against the Wind Farm Onshore Cable and Substation Plans across the Fylde' and created a petition to ban the wind farm development on greenbelt land which has amassed over 3,000 signatures.

LancsLive previously contacted Fylde council, which said its position on the plans haven't changed since November 2023, when objections were raised with the proposals and presented at that time. The council has not yet been made aware of any changes or further consultation on the scheme.

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: "A consultation relating to a forthcoming application by a private company to develop a new offshore windfarm across the Fylde Coast was carried out towards the end of 2023.

"During the consultation, we raised concerns about the impacts on ecology, particularly near the internationally protected areas of the Ribble estuary and the impact on the local highway network and other concerns.

"Our planning and transport officers highlighted that the proposal has the potential to cause significant disruption to residents during construction and any roadworks are likely to have significant knock-on effects to the wider network resulting in congestion. They also advised that information in the Lancashire Environmental Records Network should be taken into account, such as irreplaceable habitats, habitats of principal importance and protected and priority species that may be affected.

"As the proposal is classed as a 'nationally significant infrastructure project,' the application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, who will review the application and make recommendations to the Secretary of State, who has the powers to grant or refuse development consent.

“However, the Planning Inspectorate's review process does include a process of public examination."

A spokesperson for Morgan and Morecambe said: "The Morgan Offshore Wind Project and the Morecambe Offshore Windfarm are two proposed offshore wind farms being developed in the Irish Sea. The two offshore wind farms intend to make an important contribution to the UK's target of generating 50GW of power from offshore wind by 2030.

"Combined they have the potential to generate almost 2GW of electricity - enough to power the equivalent of around two million homes. Since 2022, our project teams have held three rounds of consultation (both non-statutory and statutory) and we recognise that public consultation is a vital process, which gives the local community an opportunity to review our proposals, ask us questions and provide their feedback.

"All feedback we have received has been considered to date and helped inform our design process. We understand there are local concerns, and these will be addressed in due course. We intend to provide a further update on our plans over the coming months, before we submit our application, later in the year."