A wind farm off the coast of Beachy Head and Seaford and Newhaven has been approved by the Government.
MP Norman Baker said it would be great for the economy and environment, and it is set to create 750 new jobs.
Residents commenting on social media have been supportive of the scheme, although some raised concerns about the impact construction could have on the South Downs National Park and nature reserve Tide Mills.
Mr Baker said, “This is great news and something I have lobbied hard for. It is positioning Newhaven very well as the South East Centre of offshore renewable technology for the century ahead. It is great for the economy and great for the environment. It is a good thing the Energy Secretary has not listened to the ‘naysayers’ who continually talk down renewable energy.
“This offshore renewable energy source will be able to provide energy for approximately 450,000 homes and is an investment in our energy security for the future, helping to make Britain self-sufficient in the future.”
Newhaven Port manager Francois Jean said, “Offshore wind is one of the five key strategic priorities laid out in the Port Masterplan and NPP is delighted E.ON’s planning permission for the Rampion offshore wind farm has come through.
“We have been working closely with E.ON over the last 18 months to make sure that Newhaven Port invests in and provides the facilities needed to both construct and operate the Rampion wind farm.
“We are grateful to East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council, Newhaven Town Council, South Downs National Park Authority and Seaford Town Council for the support they have given during this process, which should help to maximise the economic benefits and jobs for local people.”
E.ON’s wind farm development manager Chris Tomlinson said, “This is great news for E.ON and for Sussex.”