Planning permission granted for wave farm

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The government is expected to grant planning permission for the construction of a £28 million wave farm project off the coast of Cornwall, according to the Press Association.

John Hutton, secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform, will confirm the South West Regional Development Agency's (RDA) plans for the construction of the Wave Hub, the world's largest scale wave farm.

The renewable energy project is expected to create 1,800 jobs and supply electricity to 7,500 homes in the south-west of England. Companies developing their own wave technology will also be able to test their devices at the site.

Juliet Williams, chairwoman of the regional development agency said the approval was a "huge step" for the development of the operation.

"It is a vote of confidence in the RDA's ability to create a groundbreaking renewable energy project in south-west England that will lead the world in the development of wave energy technology."

Permission for the creation of the wave farm project follows the announcement by Scottish ministers in February that funding had been made available for a wave energy farm based on Orkney.

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