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News - 1 May 2005

Brighton to get its first wind turbine

The city’s first wind turbine has been granted planning permission at Westergate House. The government has set high targets for new wind farm development but there are strong arguments against the technology not least being its high cost.

Brighton & Hove's planning sub-committee gave the go-ahead for a 15-metre high electricity generating wind turbine to be built on the Westergate House site in Moulsecoomb. The new development will be known as Westergate Business Centre.

It is unusual for a wind farm to be developed in a city (to see related articles click 'Energy' link below). However, this will bring advantages in terms of cost effectiveness and will have a limited aesthetic impact on the landscape. Energy generated at the plant will not need to be transported as is the case for many of the existing wind farms built on moors and other remote sites. And the fact that Westergate House is in area of industrial activity means that it will not be considered an eyesore.

The Westergate Business Centre will benefit directly from the power generated. It will consist of 10 industrial units, nine large units for bigger businesses and one unit divided into ten for smaller concerns. The turbine will provide power for the communal areas, such as corridors and toilets, of the divided unit.

To enquire about the development contact Andrew Halfacree of Flude Commercial in Brighton on 01273 728020 or by email a.halfacree@flude.com.


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