Wind power coming to the south coast?

Many's a time I've sat on Brighton beach, watching the starlings swoop over the wreck of the West Pier. The view may be about to change though as I hear plans are afoot to develop an offshore wind farm on a large scale.

According to Thurstan Crockett, Manager of the Sustainability Team at Brighton Council, the coast from Eastbourne going west has been earmarked by the Crown Estates for a wind turbine every kilometer. The £180million scheme, would generate up to 500 megawatts an hour, enough electricity to power the whole of Sussex and part of Kent.
It's still in the early stages: planning permission will be sought in 2010 and construction is scheduled for 2014. If the planning application does go through, the naysayers will have a field day, as views along the coast would be changed forever.
Personally I think wind turbines are beautiful. And given that we are blessed with an endless supply of tidal and wind power, it's a shame the large scale development of wind turbines hasn't happened sooner.

Alex Damms

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Tags: | offshore | offshore wind | planning | wind turbines
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