Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm given the go-ahead

Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm given the go-aheadToday, the application for Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, has been given development consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

The wind farm, with up to 69 wind turbine generators and associated offshore infrastructure, will be located in the Liverpool Bay, north west of the Wirral coastline.

The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and follows an examination process which met or exceeded all the statutory timescales laid down in The Planning Act 2008.

The application was submitted for consideration on 22 March 2013 and accepted for examination on 19 April 2013.

Following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 26 June 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said: “This is a significant application for the offshore wind energy sector.

“The Planning Inspectorate is fulfilling its responsibilities by undertaking thorough, impartial examinations and ensuring full community consultation within statutory deadlines.

“The certainty of knowing when a decision will be made following full consideration of public views provides developers and investors with the confidence needed to plan the infrastructure improvements this country needs to secure future economic growth.”