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Exhibition allows residents to consider computer-generated pictures
IMAGES of what a giant offshore wind farm planned for the Solent may look like from the New Forest were unveiled yesterday.
The computer-generated pictures were shown at a public exhibition in Lymington Community Centre, where residents quizzed the controversial scheme’s bosses face-to-face.
Navitus Bay Development Ltd – a joint venture between Eneco and EDF – is poised to submit a planning application for a £3 billion wind farm in the Solent, 12 miles from Bournemouth.
If accepted, the site could include up to 218 turbines up to 650ft high, generating power for up to 790,000 homes a year – nine times the amount of properties in Bournemouth and 13 times more than the Isle of Wight.
Residents had mixed reactions to the images which showed the site from the Solent Way in Milford on Sea, the town’s promenade and coastline at Hurst Castle, where they appear as tiny structures on the horizon.
Pensioner Brenda Neel, of Lyme More Lane, Milford on Sea, said: “I’m very much in favour of renewable energy and in some ways we need to accept something like this.
“But there are some negatives and we have to look at these.”
The exhibition followed accusations that a photomontage of the turbines taken from Hengistbury Head in Dorset appeared 30 per cent smaller than they would actually be.
But Navitus Bay project director Mike Unsworth denied that the images are misleading and said: “We absolutely stand by our images.
“At 12 miles out it can be difficult to pick out the full height of the turbine blades in a photograph and this has been the confusion.”
He claimed that the wind farm would generate a £1.85 billion cash boost for the area and would create 2,000 jobs, with roles ranging from technicians and maintenance workers to office staff.
People have until October 11 to submit their views on the scheme.
Log on to navitusbaywindpark.co.uk to download consultation documents.
The company is expected to submit a full planning application in March next year.
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