Council calls halt to Belmont wind farm

The plug is set to be pulled on a multimillion-dollar Wellington wind farm proposal because of visual pollution concerns, despite a winter of power cut fears.

A report by Greater Wellington regional council recommends a five-year moratorium on wind farm development at Belmont Regional Park, five years after the council called the site a “world-class wind farm opportunity”.

The Belmont wind farm – up to 81 turbines sited near Porirua – had a price tag of between $117 million and $138 million five years ago. At least three parties were interested in developing it.

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