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The RIBA's wind turbine project could be salvaged after Westminster ignored the advice of its own planning officers. The plan to install two 20m turbines on the top of the Portland Place HQ looked doomed last December when the AJ learnt that officers were recommending refusal (AJ 6/13.12.02). But last Thursday, councillors decided to consider a one-year temporary permission if the 20m turbines could be modified to conform to strict noise limits. While Westminster said it supported the experiment, it felt the Grade II*-listed building was not the ideal site. Ex-RIBA president Marco Goldschmied, who initiated the project, said he was confident that once the turbines were installed, people will 'wonder what the fuss was all about'.

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