Dorset County Council has set out its objections to the Navitus Bay development

More objections have been raised over the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm off the coast of Hampshire

More objections have been raised over the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm off the coast of Hampshire

First published in News

THE fight to stop a major wind farm from being built off the coast of Hampshire has been stepped up.

Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL) wants to erect 194 turbines on a 60 square mile site west of the Isle of Wight.

But now Dorset County Council has set out the main grounds on which it will oppose the development.

A council report emphasises their concerns over the visual impact of the turbines, the impact on the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage Status and the impact on Durlston Castle.

The council also has concerns the chalk seabed is not suitable for turbine foundations, concerns over the loss of habitat and the impact on tourism.

The report, by the head of planning, will go to Dorset County Council’s regulatory committee on Friday, September 5.

If committee members agree, it will then go to the examining authority by October 6 for consideration during the six-month examination of the Navitus Bay application.

The report states: “The developer has played down the adverse landscape and visual impact of the project in a highly sensitive setting.”

And it continues: “There is genuine public and business concern about the visual impact of the proposed wind park. Many feel that the photomontage visualisations accompanying the application do not represent the worst case scenario and therefore fail to provide a realistic indication of what the wind park may look like.”

The council also plans to ask the examining authority to consider the issues of bird migration, noise, the effect of turbines on the microclimate, the potential impacts of electromagnetic radiation and the impacts on recreational sailing and commercial fishing.

It is also set to ask the examining authority to test the developer’s assertion that the wind farm will provide 970 MW of power.

The developers say it will generate enough low carbon electricity to power around 710,000 homes, offsetting approximately 1,290,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

But the 650ft-tall turbines will be just 14.5 miles from Lymington and less than 12 miles from Milford on Sea.

As reported by the Daily Echo, The New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) has also hit out at the visual impact of the turbines.

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10:57am Sat 23 Aug 14

forest hump says...

If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.
If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work. forest hump
  • Score: 4

7:21am Sun 24 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

forest hump wrote:
If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.
Yes my sentiment exactly, let's build a nuclear power station as they are highly efficient, not an eyesore & totally green ta boot.. Location, let's see, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight? Not ur cup of tea either, well watch what you wish for as it might come and bite you on the a###!
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.[/p][/quote]Yes my sentiment exactly, let's build a nuclear power station as they are highly efficient, not an eyesore & totally green ta boot.. Location, let's see, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight? Not ur cup of tea either, well watch what you wish for as it might come and bite you on the a###! Solent Soul
  • Score: -3

9:50am Sun 24 Aug 14

twynham says...

Wind energy only producing 1.9% of national energy demand right now.
Navitus will make no difference at all!
http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/
Wind energy only producing 1.9% of national energy demand right now. Navitus will make no difference at all! http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/ twynham
  • Score: 1

11:19am Sun 24 Aug 14

sparkster says...

I dont know which looks worse a sea full of wind turbines or s field full of solar panels taking up grazing land
I dont know which looks worse a sea full of wind turbines or s field full of solar panels taking up grazing land sparkster
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Sun 24 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Solent Soul wrote:
forest hump wrote:
If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.
Yes my sentiment exactly, let's build a nuclear power station as they are highly efficient, not an eyesore & totally green ta boot.. Location, let's see, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight? Not ur cup of tea either, well watch what you wish for as it might come and bite you on the a###!
There are many, many sites that are acceptable. The decommissioned Fawley is perfect.
[quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.[/p][/quote]Yes my sentiment exactly, let's build a nuclear power station as they are highly efficient, not an eyesore & totally green ta boot.. Location, let's see, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight? Not ur cup of tea either, well watch what you wish for as it might come and bite you on the a###![/p][/quote]There are many, many sites that are acceptable. The decommissioned Fawley is perfect. forest hump
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Sun 24 Aug 14

sparkster says...

that's a brilliant idea now that Fawley power station has closed, it wouldnt involve ripping up the countryside as the site already was in use, well thought comment
that's a brilliant idea now that Fawley power station has closed, it wouldnt involve ripping up the countryside as the site already was in use, well thought comment sparkster
  • Score: 2

6:03pm Sun 24 Aug 14

forest hump says...

sparkster wrote:
that's a brilliant idea now that Fawley power station has closed, it wouldnt involve ripping up the countryside as the site already was in use, well thought comment
The problem is there are many, many locals who would object! I live within a stones' throw of both the refinery and the mothballed power station. The incremental difference to the local community, if a new power station were to be built, is negligible. It could be dovetailed in with virtually no disruption. Unfortunately, there are many ill informed selfish people out there.
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: that's a brilliant idea now that Fawley power station has closed, it wouldnt involve ripping up the countryside as the site already was in use, well thought comment[/p][/quote]The problem is there are many, many locals who would object! I live within a stones' throw of both the refinery and the mothballed power station. The incremental difference to the local community, if a new power station were to be built, is negligible. It could be dovetailed in with virtually no disruption. Unfortunately, there are many ill informed selfish people out there. forest hump
  • Score: 1

11:23pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

forest hump wrote:
Solent Soul wrote:
forest hump wrote:
If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.
Yes my sentiment exactly, let's build a nuclear power station as they are highly efficient, not an eyesore & totally green ta boot.. Location, let's see, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight? Not ur cup of tea either, well watch what you wish for as it might come and bite you on the a###!
There are many, many sites that are acceptable. The decommissioned Fawley is perfect.
Not In My Back Yard! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead, not one traditional (reliable) is able to be closed. Construction and maintenance costs are sky high, resulting in a huge waste of money. All to keep the twisted bureaucrats in Brussels happy to lower CO2 emissions. What a crock! Hope the council kick it out and build something that will work.[/p][/quote]Yes my sentiment exactly, let's build a nuclear power station as they are highly efficient, not an eyesore & totally green ta boot.. Location, let's see, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight? Not ur cup of tea either, well watch what you wish for as it might come and bite you on the a###![/p][/quote]There are many, many sites that are acceptable. The decommissioned Fawley is perfect.[/p][/quote]Not In My Back Yard! ;-) Solent Soul
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