Challenge the Navitus Bay Wind Farm Proposal
LATEST NEWS 8 Nov 2014: The developer has made an unusual proposal for the option of a smaller wind farm of 630MW capacity in the southern part of its area if the main proposal for 970MW is found to be unacceptable by the Secretary of State. It is important to understand that this is just an additional option, it is NOT a replacement for the current plan. This "option" would effectively be a new project as it is so different from the original application and we are not sure how the examiners will respond to the developer's suggestion of running with both proposals at the same time. We'll keep you posted as the situation develops.
CURRENT STATUS: We are in the process of examination and about to enter the phase of "Issue Specific Hearings" at which the examiners try to clarify the position on a wide variety of topics. We are incurring significant costs as part of the examination process and we rely on public donations to keep us going. So please help us by making a donation.
Please see our Planning Process page for the timetable, details of the hearings and upcoming deadlines.
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 what is proposed? and why challenge it? 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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