Wind link bid wins backing

EDF Energy Renewables has moved a step closer to building a 30-turbine wind farm in the North East.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's planning committee granted permission for an underground cable route and substation to link the Teesside offshore wind farm to the local grid two weeks ago.

The wind farm won section 36 consent from the DBERR in September last year. But the council failed this summer in a legal challenge to the government's decision at the High Court after 6,500 local objections.

The scheme would consist of up to 30 turbines generating up to 90MW of electricity in total. But many local people are unhappy, especially with the turbines' proximity to the shore, and have vowed to continue opposition. EDF hopes to commission the wind farm in 2011.

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