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Plans for more offshore wind farms spark renewed calls for devolution of Crown Estate

05 Jul 2022 3 minute read
Delyth Jewell, Plaid Cymru Senedd Member

Plaid Cymru has renewed calls for the Crown Estate to be devolved to Wales, following the announcement that the UK Treasury could earn £43bn in rents from proposed wind farms off the Welsh coast.

The Crown Estate today announced plans to generate 4GW of electricity through floating winds farms off the coast of Wales, the tender for which will start in 2023.

Research commissioned by the Crown Estate also suggests a further 20GW of floating offshore wind capacity could be established in the Celtic Sea by 2045.

Powers over the Crown Estate in Wales are currently held in Westminster, with 25% of revenues going to the Royal Family and the remainder to the UK Treasury.

The Crown Estate in Scotland was devolved to the Scottish Government in 2017.

Green goldrush

Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for Energy, Delyth Jewell MS said: “While there is a green goldrush off our shores, Wales will remain a mere spectator in the rush to capitalise from our natural resources.

“Plaid Cymru has long called for the economic levers and powers over the Crown Estate to be devolved to Wales, and now it’s crystal clear to see why this is so important.

“Instead of people of Wales being the ones who benefit from the leasing of our seabed, all the profits will disappear into UK Treasury, with a large chunk going to the Royal Family.

“Put simply, the resources of Wales, should be governed by the Government of Wales, for the people of Wales.

“Devolving the Crown Estates’ Welsh territorial assets would allow us to align them with Welsh decision-making and priorities and provide us with the means to use our resources to invest in our green future.

“So let’s bring our natural resources and their rents closer to home and devolve the Crown Estate to Wales.”


The value of the marine holdings held by the Crown Estate, including much of Wales’ seabed, has jumped 22% in a year.

The Crown Estate reported annual results last month, generating £313m in net revenue profit for the public purse in the year to the end of March.

That was a £43m improvement on the prior twelve months.

The value of the estate’s portfolio also jumped in the period, rising more than 8% to £15.6bn, driven by an increase in the value of the company’s marine holdings, which include most of Wales’ seabed, which jumped 22 per cent to £5bn.

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Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 year ago

Let’s just gain independence and make these people people pay Cymru what it is due !!!!

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
1 year ago

Once again our Welsh labour MPS watch Scotland having control over it’s crown estate profits and Wales get nothing why do the Welsh people still vote for labour when have they ever looked after Wales.They even let the NCB board steal the money from the funds that we’re for the children that got killed by that coal s**g tip to make the tips safe. And labour where in power in Westminster and Cardiff and Merthyr what sort of party would take that money you could not make it up

1 year ago

Pure theft!
Cymru is third class in this so-called “union”.
Independence is only way this will ever change.

1 year ago
Reply to  Llefain

Third class because the English Tories and English Labour Party are fully aware that Wales will never put up a fight for anything. So they know they can give Wales a few crumbs from the table and they know Wales will keep quiet . Why should it ever change ?
the proof is in the pudding. Look at devolution. Scotland and Northern Ireland have way more powers than have been ‘ granted’ to Wales. I can’t hear or see any mass demonstrations demanding equal rights for Wales by the people of Wales

George Herraghty
George Herraghty
1 year ago

More Windfarms?
Midwinter, Sunday 19th December, 2021, 7.40am GMT.
The Renewables entire Contribution to the National Grid was as follows:
Wind – 0.957GW, 
Solar – 0GW,
Pumped Hydro – 0GW, 
Hydro – 0.518

Better get the firewood and candles in to keep warm before the lights go out!

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