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Public okays Liverpool dockside wind farm

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A dockside wind farm at Liverpool has been given the go-ahead after a public inquiry. The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDCH) had appealed against Sefton Council's narrow rejection of its application for six 600 kW turbines at its Royal Seaforth Dock. The inquiry examined a range of issues, but the decision centred on visual impact -- the reason for Sefton's refusal. In granting consent, inspector Susan Hesketh acknowledged the project would have a significant impact on the character of the area. She also pointed out that the port is essentially industrial in character. "It is a working environment, already subject to movement and to change with a number of existing substantial tall structures." The movement of turbines would not be an offensive or negative feature of the landscape, she said. MDHC has been developing its wind farm plans in collaboration with Bristol based Wind Prospect.

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