The project development group hoping to build the 1000 MW London Array offshore wind station has lodged an appeal against a local council's refusal of consent for the onshore works to connect the facility into the grid. Swale Borough Council ignored its planning officer's advice and in June rejected the siting application for a substation at Cleve Hill near Faversham on the north Kent coast. The wind farm is planned for the Thames Estuary. The consortium behind the project is made up of Shell WindEnergy, E.ON UK and CORE--a joint venture between developer Farm Energy and Danish wind power company Energi E2. Shell's Andrew Murfin says: "We firmly believe that this is an excellent project and that Cleve Hill remains the only location that minimises environmental concerns while meeting the necessary technical criteria for such a critical element of the project." He adds that Swale councillors raised concerns over the impact of construction traffic and the substation's visual impact. The consortium has now developed more specific measures to deal with traffic concerns and the architectural design of the substation has been changed so it is more in sympathy with the local landscape, says Murfin. "We now hope that the enhancements we've made to our proposals result in a solution that is acceptable to everyone."
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