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Tesco ditches plans for wind turbines  

Supermarket bosses have said turbines are not the answer to energy efficiency for a planned new store.

Tesco has ditched plans to build two wind turbines at the Hall Road site in north Hull, claiming more efficient schemes are available.

Although waiting on the results of a report into energy saving and sustainability, a spokesman said initial findings show more cost-effective schemes are available than the 10.6m (35ft) turbines.

He said: “We are waiting for the results of the report, but believe there are better ways to be more energy efficient than through installing wind turbines.

“We are committed to improving energy efficiency in our stores across the country.

“In this case, we are taking another look at the most effective way to cut down on energy use in our Hall Road store, as well as the potential for energy generation as part of the proposals.

“We will look at what the needs will be of the rebuilding of the store in terms of refrigeration and other areas that use a lot of energy.”

The report, being carried out by environmental consultants Scott Wilson, will look at how to maximise efficiency savings in the new store.

The proposed store willincorporate improved energy efficiency measures as well as low carbon technologies, both of which will reduce net carbon use at the store. Exactly what schemes will be implemented is not known until the conclusion of the report.

The spokesman said: “Our proposals for a re-built store would not only provide a much-improved supermarket for this part of the city, but would also deliver savings on the existing store.”

The decision on the proposals to build the two turbines at the Tesco store had been expected today.

A spokeswoman for Hull City Council told the Mail the plans had been pulled, but no reasons were given.

The news, first revealed on the Mail’s website yesterday, was expected to please residents who have objected to the plans, claiming the structures would have had a negative visual impact on the area.

The Tesco spokesman said the decision to remove the application for the Hull site would have no bearing on a separate application to East Riding Council to build a similar sized turbine at its Beverley store in Morton Lane.


5 March 2008

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