Next Tuesday, Lambeth Council will be considering a planning application for a temporary wind turbine on the south bank which will power an art installation along the Queens Walk between Hungerford Bridge and the TV centre. Lambeth planners are recommending approval.
"The proposal is to erect one 45m wind turbine with a maximum height of 45m, including the blades, and the provision of a light installation in the trees for a temporary period until 16 March 2004. The proposal is part of a project termed Electric Storm. "
"Electric Storm is a project aiming to raise public awareness about, the future world and imperatives of renewable energy. In part, this will be achieved by utilising the wind turbine to power the event. The project will be powered by the energy generated by the proposed wind turbine. The project is planned to run for 4 months from October 25th 2003 through to February 14th 2004."
"The wind turbine is proposed to be located in part of the South Bank Coach car park adjacent to Hungerford Bridge and Jubilee Gardens. The site is a currently fenced off and being used by Costain as a storage yard for the Hungerford pedestrian bridge construction. It is screened from the South bank of the river by trees and planting."
Given the scale of the London Eye and Shell Centre tower, the temporary nature of the project and its potential educational value, I won't be objecting - but residents of the White House flats might want some guarantees on the noise generated by the turbine at night.