Bond Pearce has advised the South West of England Regional Development Agency on the first wave farm in the UK to gain planning approval.
Bond Pearce planning partner John Houghton said the farm off the coast of Cornwall, known as ‘Wave Hub’, can generate enough electricity to power 3,000 homes.
“This is the first of any of the wave proposals that have been agreed to under the [1989 Electricity] Act,” he said. He added that the wave farm will initially be used as a testing ground for developers of this type of technology. “The hope is, after two or three years of testing and development, wave energy will be able to proceed commercially,” he said, adding that there was concern from surfers that the farm could decrease the size of waves at local beaches.
But he said an independent adviser had concluded that waves would not decrease by any more than 5 per cent.