All change for wind farm plan

All change for wind farm plan

All change for wind farm plan

First published in News

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a £3bn wind park off the Hampshire coast have divided people living in the area affected.

Some of the residents attending an exhibition of the latest proposals supported the scheme, saying Britain needed to find new forms of energy.

But others criticised the visual impact of the Navitus Bay project and questioned whether it would be cost effective.

Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL) has moved the wind farm further out to sea and reduced the maximum number of turbines from 333 to 218 following criticism of its original plans.

It has also reduced the size of the site from 76 square miles to 67 square miles and cut the maximum height of the turbines from 210 metres to 200 metres. But the park will still be only 14.5 miles from Lymington and 11.9 miles from Barton on Sea.

Hundreds of people flocked to New Milton Community Centre on Thursday to view the latest proposals.

A new interactive model, which uses Ordnance Survey maps combined with photographs, allowed them to see the wind farm from anywhere along the coast between Lymington and Barton.

Project director Mike Unsworth said almost 140 people poured through the doors in the first two hours.

He added: “We’ve had a lot of good feedback.

The majority of the people I’ve spoken to so far have been positive and in favour of the project.

“They’ve praised the level and quality of information on display compared with last year.”

The wind farm aims to generate enough electricity for about 790,000 homes – equivalent to nine times the number of homes in Bournemouth or 13 times the number of properties on the Isle of Wight.

NBDL is planning to apply for a development consent order next year and the Government is expected to make a decision in 2015.

If the scheme is given the go-ahead construction work will start in 2017, with the first power being generated three years later.

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12:17pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Linesman says...

A few years ago I had a week's holiday in Felixstowe, and there are many wind turbines visible from the beach.

I found them quite relaxing to look at, and could hardly be described as 'ruining the view'.

How interesting is the horizon?

They do not pose a threat of pollution, which is more than can be said for the 'ships that pass in the night' as we have recently experienced.
A few years ago I had a week's holiday in Felixstowe, and there are many wind turbines visible from the beach. I found them quite relaxing to look at, and could hardly be described as 'ruining the view'. How interesting is the horizon? They do not pose a threat of pollution, which is more than can be said for the 'ships that pass in the night' as we have recently experienced. Linesman
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7:27pm Sat 9 Feb 13

good-gosh says...

I agree they are pleasant to see. And out at sea they provide relief to a plain view and give scale to the distance.
I agree they are pleasant to see. And out at sea they provide relief to a plain view and give scale to the distance. good-gosh
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8:07pm Sat 9 Feb 13

geoff51 says...

The only change most want to see is the cancellation of these useless eyesores.
Its a pity they dont sink with the political carreer of a certain local MP whose stupid ideas these abominations were.
The only change most want to see is the cancellation of these useless eyesores. Its a pity they dont sink with the political carreer of a certain local MP whose stupid ideas these abominations were. geoff51
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10:53am Mon 11 Feb 13

Rodney45 says...

I have heard no comment from Navitus as to why the proposed wind farm cannot be placed beyond the horizon, and out of sight of the Jurassic coastline. The site of Eneco's development in Holland proudly claims this to be the case. Why cannot the British simply be afforded the same decent standards that are enforced in Europe?
I have heard no comment from Navitus as to why the proposed wind farm cannot be placed beyond the horizon, and out of sight of the Jurassic coastline. The site of Eneco's development in Holland proudly claims this to be the case. Why cannot the British simply be afforded the same decent standards that are enforced in Europe? Rodney45
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