Challenge the Navitus Bay Wind Farm Proposal
CURRENT STATUS: This project is in the pre-examination phase. Relevant representations have now been published - about 2,700, a record number for an offshore windfarm proposal. Click here to view. For more info on the planning process please click here.
17/07/14: The Rampion wind farm has been given consent. More...
24/05/14: UNESCO has now responded to the government, raising serious concerns. Who are IUCN? More...
Background to the Proposal.
The coast from Purbeck in Dorset to the south of the Isle of Wight surrounding Poole Bay is rightly valued. Expansive views escape the intrusion of man-made structures, and it is a popular destination for those wanting to “get away from it all”. That could change if the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm is built by Dutch & French companies, Eneco & EDF (Navitus Bay Development Limited) as it is currently proposed.
This offshore wind farm would be the world's biggest if it were operating today. It would lie between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight, to the south of a line from St. Aldhelm's Head to St. Catherine's Point. It would occupy an area bigger than Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch put together and contain up to 194 turbines Turbines up to 200m (656ft) tall are currently planned, taller than Salisbury Cathedral, the Bournemouth Eye or the Spinnaker Tower. The wind farm would be highly visible from all around the region, but especially from Durlston, Swanage, Sandbanks, Bournemouth, Hengistbury Head and the Needles area of the Isle of Wight. It would be:
We are not against renewable energy and not necessarily opposed to offshore wind farms. But just like any industrial development, not every project is well-conceived or well-designed. We have great reservations about the location and size of Navitus Bay's proposal. Refer to why challenge it? and Frequently Asked Questions for more information. If you want to give your opinions on the development, click here.
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We have prepared some accurate videos using computer graphics to give you a better idea of what the proposed wind farm might look like.
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