Simon Pryor, Natural Environment Director at the National Trust said: “This is an enormous relief; we have said all along that proposing such a huge wind farm so close to such a wild and beautiful coastline was disastrous. It would have had a massive impact on the views from some of our most spectacular coast in North Devon and South Wales, as well as Lundy Island.
“The Atlantic Array was at the wrong scale and in the wrong place. We’ve always said that the process that arrived at that site was flawed and call on Government to rethink how we identify and license these sites in the future.
“We’re totally committed to renewable energy and hope that this presents an opportunity for a better discussion on how we best harness energy from the Severn estuary – one of the places with the highest potential for tidal power.
“There is a need to find a strategic solution and a plan-led approach to harnessing energy in a way that maximises generation, minimises the landscape impacts and enhances the natural environment. This can be achieved if we look at a real mix of generation at a smaller scale and more carefully chosen locations.”