Offshore windfarms risk harming delicate landscapes and vulnerable wildlife habitats if the government fails to coordinate the planning system in its push for a big expansion of clean energy, green campaigners have warned. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has promised that every home will be powered by offshore wind by 2030, which will require dozens of new sites for large turbines around the coast. However, the turbines require connections to the electricity grid and other construction on land, proposals for which are decided by local authorities on a case-by-case basis, and there is little national coordination of their construction. That means sensitive coastal sites, such as wetlands and marshes that are home to birds and large numbers of other wildlife, could be at risk, according to campaigners. A group of 18 leading environmental organisations, including the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and the Wildlife Trusts, have written to the prime minister to call for better coordination that would ensure a minimum of disruption.
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