Plans to more than double the size of a windfarm off the coast of Wirral will be scrutinised by the Planning Inspectorate.
An application to extend the Burbo Bank windfarm by 40sq km was submitted to the planning body in March and it has now reached the next stage of the planning process.
Members of the public will be able to register their interest in the application before it is examined in detail by the Planning Inspectorate.
The extension would see up to 75 turbines at the windfarm – there are currently 30 turbines – with a maximum “tip height” of 235m for each turbine.
The turbines are located 7km north of the north Wirral coast and 8.5km from Crosby beach.
Sir Michael Pitt, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, said: “After careful consideration we have decided on behalf of the Secretary of the State that the application submitted by DONG Energy Burbo Extension (UK) Ltd met the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination.”
He said it was now up to DONG Energy to publicise the fact that the application had been accepted and announce when members of the public would be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an “interested party” in the application.
The Planning Inspectorate will then have approximately three months to prepare before the application is examined.
DONG Energy held a series of consultation events last summer to seek opinions on the proposal.
Although Burbo Bank lies within English waters in Liverpool Bay, the electricity generated is taken by cable to Wales, where it is connected to the national distribution network.
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