Friday 22 March 2013 3.51pm
Officer's report is here
. It was application 05/AP/2502 and went to planning committee on 21 March 2006.
There is much discussion of the turbines, one part saying:
The treatment of the top of the building incorporates a stepping back of the façade and the incorporation of the wind turbines to create a dramatic and highly recognisable building form that achieves one of the Council’s plan objectives which is to create landmark buildings as signifiers of the Elephant and Castle on the London skyline. The turbines are of course not merely decorative but have a function which is directly related to Elephant’s status as an energy action area and to the achievement of the zero carbon growth which is a key objective of the framework
I like the "of course"... in the end there seem to have been doubts expressed but an absence of evidence. And after all, a "landmark" building was an objective in itself, it seems.
The aim apparently was that The wind turbines in the roof space would create the energy for approximately 20 flats, or lighting for the entire building. Incorporation of the wind turbines and a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit in the basement would result in an overall projected 8.7% reduction in carbon emissions, which is slightly below the 10% target, but considered to be acceptable given that tall buildings all buildings generally do not lend themselves for renewable energy sources.