TIDAL energy onshore plans for a Ventnor site have been given planning permission by the Isle of Wight Council

Statement from Mark Francis, Project Manager:

We are delighted with the decision last night (8th September 2015) to grant planning permission for the onshore elements of the project. PTEC has gone to great lengths to ensure the substation has a minimal visual impact on the surrounding area, which is why it has been designed with a living roof and will be built from local natural stone and wood.

Our application for the offshore elements of the project is still being considered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), however, we have recently proposed to significantly reduce the maximum allowable height of the tidal devices from 18 metres above water to 9 metres. These changes have been accepted by the MMO and we expect the MMO to make an announcement on the consent determination later this year.