Government accepts plan for Navitus Bay

Giant wind farm plan off Hampshire coast moves step closer

Giant wind farm plan off Hampshire coast moves step closer

First published in News

PLANS for a giant off-shore wind farm off the Hampshire coast are a step closer.

Navitus Bay Development Ltd - a joint venture between Eneco and EDF - has submitted a planning application for a £3bn wind park in the Solent.

Now the Planning Inspectorate announced it has accepted its 18,000 page formal application for development and is moving to the next major stage in considering the bid.

It means the inspectorate moves to the pre-examination stage inviting the public to register as an interested party to comment on the application and be kept informed of its process.

This stage is based on a number of legal criteria, including the adequacy of consultation undertaken by Navitus Bay.

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If accepted, the site - 12 miles from Bournemouth - could include up to 194 turbines as high as 200m generating power for up to 710,000 homes a year.

As previously reported the site has been scaled back to reduce its visual impact.

Initial plans were for 218 turbines generating power for 790,000 homes - nine times the amount of properties in Bournemouth and 13 times more than the Isle of Wight.

The scheme's project director Mike Unsowrth said: “We are delighted that our Development Consent Application has been accepted for examination and it is testament to the vast amount of work undertaken by the project team and independent experts.

“While the inspectorate examines our application we will continue to work with stakeholders, businesses and residents in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight to make sure that everyone is kept up-to-date about the project and the considerable benefits that it would bring, in terms of sustainable energy generation, job creation and economic opportunities”.

Mike Birkin, South West campaigner for Friends of the Earth also welcomed the plans and said: “This is a major step forward for this exciting project, which promises to be the biggest source of clean energy in the south of England.

“Offshore wind is huge success story for the UK, providing thousands of jobs and boosting energy security.

“We now welcome the opportunity for proper scrutiny of the proposals, which will shed light on some of the alarmist and unfounded information that has been spread by its opponents."

The registration period for interested parties starts next week and runs for a minimum 28 days.

Details of how to register will be posted on the inspectorate's website at infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-east/navitus-bay-wind-park/

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10:09am Fri 9 May 14

Richard 51 says...

Stop talking and get it built.
Stop talking and get it built. Richard 51
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9:59am Sat 10 May 14

RRT says...

I wonder what will happen when an oil tanker bound for Fawley/Rotterdam looses power or it's autopilot sends it crashing through this nearby man-made monstrous concrete and steel forest losing it's cargo of crude oil? Destruction of the internationally important Jurassic Coast. Devastation of coastal wildlife through the whole of the English Channel and into the North Sea. Closure of the UK's second largest port (Southampton). Restrictions on shipping through the English Channel preventing shipping from reaching the UK's largest port and Europe's largest port Rotterdam etc...
I wonder what will happen when an oil tanker bound for Fawley/Rotterdam looses power or it's autopilot sends it crashing through this nearby man-made monstrous concrete and steel forest losing it's cargo of crude oil? Destruction of the internationally important Jurassic Coast. Devastation of coastal wildlife through the whole of the English Channel and into the North Sea. Closure of the UK's second largest port (Southampton). Restrictions on shipping through the English Channel preventing shipping from reaching the UK's largest port and Europe's largest port Rotterdam etc... RRT
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10:47am Sat 10 May 14

Torchie1 says...

RRT wrote:
I wonder what will happen when an oil tanker bound for Fawley/Rotterdam looses power or it's autopilot sends it crashing through this nearby man-made monstrous concrete and steel forest losing it's cargo of crude oil? Destruction of the internationally important Jurassic Coast. Devastation of coastal wildlife through the whole of the English Channel and into the North Sea. Closure of the UK's second largest port (Southampton). Restrictions on shipping through the English Channel preventing shipping from reaching the UK's largest port and Europe's largest port Rotterdam etc...
I'm sure you could create a scenario to prevent all future developments with such an active imagination. How many oil tankers have scythed through Wind Farms around the UK coast or in any other part of the world to date? Entering The Solent on Auto-Pilot isn't going to happen and unless there's a gale blowing a vessel ashore there are tugs or other vessels that will come to the aid of a stricken vessel. By any chance do you open your curtains and look over the Needles ?
[quote][p][bold]RRT[/bold] wrote: I wonder what will happen when an oil tanker bound for Fawley/Rotterdam looses power or it's autopilot sends it crashing through this nearby man-made monstrous concrete and steel forest losing it's cargo of crude oil? Destruction of the internationally important Jurassic Coast. Devastation of coastal wildlife through the whole of the English Channel and into the North Sea. Closure of the UK's second largest port (Southampton). Restrictions on shipping through the English Channel preventing shipping from reaching the UK's largest port and Europe's largest port Rotterdam etc...[/p][/quote]I'm sure you could create a scenario to prevent all future developments with such an active imagination. How many oil tankers have scythed through Wind Farms around the UK coast or in any other part of the world to date? Entering The Solent on Auto-Pilot isn't going to happen and unless there's a gale blowing a vessel ashore there are tugs or other vessels that will come to the aid of a stricken vessel. By any chance do you open your curtains and look over the Needles ? Torchie1
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