WIRRAL's cabinet has approved plans to buy a former factory in Birkenhead for use as a site to cash-in on the wind farm industry.

The premises, the former Transfood site in Abbey Street, just off the A41, will cost £350,000. The cash will come from the Regional Growth Fund.

Councillors yesterday approved recommendations to press ahead with the purchase.

The peninsula’s coast already has some of the most massive offshore wind farms in the UK at Burbo Bank and Gwynt y Mor.

Further planned wind farms have a "strong focus" on the Irish Sea - where an astonishing 1,000 more turbines are planned.

The cabinet was told that "capturing a share of the windfarm market" would bring immediate jobs and open up supply chain and export potential in an expanding industry.

The local authority, working with Cammell Laird, has already secured £5m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to be spent over the next three years on supply chain opportunities.

The council now plans to demolish the old Transfood buildings in readiness for redevelopment.