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Wind farm may face review

A judicial review may be sought after controversial offshore wind farm plans took a step nearer reality.

EDF Energy has been given the green light to progress plans for its offshore wind farm project at Redcar.

The wind farm would be one and a half kilometres from the shore, with up to 30 turbines capable of producing enough electricity to supply the annual requirements of around 60,000 households.

But Redcar and Cleveland Council has outlined concerns about the proximity of the turbines to the shore and is considering whether to seek a judicial review on the decision.

Council Leader, Councillor George Dunning, said: “Redcar and Cleveland Council fully supports renewable energy concepts. However to build 30 huge wind turbines so close to the shoreline could be detrimental to the leisure projects to regenerate not only Redcar but the whole of the borough.

“The film Atonement was a big boost for the whole of Redcar and Cleveland. Would Atonement’s director Joe Wright have considered Redcar beach for Atonement with 30 wind turbines on the shoreline?”

He added: “The council will be seriously looking at their options, one of them may well be to seek a judicial review on this decision to ensure every opportunity is being explored to minimise the impact on local communities.”

Protest group Save Our Shoreline (SOS) has also said it is not opposed to renewable energy, but is against the close proximity of the wind farm to the beach.

Jim Conaghan, a member of SOS, added: “This wind farm is in Phase 1 of the Government’s plan. Several years ago, Phase 2 was introduced, which says all such wind farms now must be a minimum of five miles from the shore, eight miles if there are protected birds at risk.”

By Michelle Ruane, Evening Gazette

gazettelive.co.uk

19 September 2007