United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Mersey Docks refused

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An about-turn by Conservative councillors on Sefton's planning committee led to a Merseyside docklands wind farm being voted down by the smallest of margins. The application for six, 600 kW wind turbines by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC) was rejected only on the casting vote of the committee's Labour chairman. The committee voted in defiance of its planning officer's recommendation for consent. The scheme would cause demonstrable loss of visual amenity, it reasoned. MDHC had hoped to site the turbines along the harbour wall at Royal Seaforth Dock, one kilometre from the nearest homes. "The site is part of an industrial complex," explains Colin Palmer from Windcluster -- the company that has been helping develop the scheme. "If we cannot put a wind farm there, where can we build one?" An appeal against the decision was lodged almost immediately.

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