Hundreds give their verdict on giant wind farm

Hundreds give their verdict on giant wind farm

Hundreds give their verdict on giant wind farm

First published in News

HUNDREDS of residents aired their views on the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm off the Hampshire coast at a meeting on Saturday.

There were speakers for and against the project, but the majority of the 630-strong audience supported the view that it was ‘too big, too close and in the wrong location’.

The nearly three-hour event was organised by Bournemouth council, which is seeking the views of residents in its role as a consultee on the wind farm planning application submitted last week.

Navitus project director Mike Unsworth spoke about the government’s push toward more offshore wind capacity, citing climate change and energy security as key concerns.

He said the UK is a world leader in wind energy technology, which has the potential to create many jobs, and that Navitus intends to involve local businesses in the project – claimed to offset 1.3 million tonnes of carbon – where possible.

Mr Unsworth called on the audience to base their views on facts, saying the developer had contacted a wide array of experts and concluded there would be no significant impact on bird populations, the World Heritage Site status of the Jurassic Coast, or tourism, and that noise levels would be within acceptable parameters.

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lowcostholidays.com/Luxor Teacher Susan Chapman, described as possibly the area’s most active green campaigner, said she was there “for future generations, who aren’t very well represented here today”.

She warned of the dangers posed by climate change and said “urgent action” was needed to mitigate them. She praised wind technology, dismissing a number of common criticisms about the effect on tourism and birds as false.

“Let’s say yes to Navitus, yes to a clean future for our children,” she added.

But chartered civil engineer Roy Pointer, of the Poole and Christchurch Bays’ Association, said: “We want to see this scheme confined to the dustbin of history.”

He said the project was “too big, too close and in the wrong location”. He criticised wind energy as expensive and said the turbines would be hazardous to birds and shipping.

Dr Andrew Langley, of lobby group Challenge Navitus, said the turbines were “very large structures which can be seen at long range”, and the onshore cable construction work would be equivalent to that “of an eight-lane motorway”.

He said the noise and debris from pile driving at sea would have an adverse impact on marine organisms, affecting five million square metres of sea bed.

“We have choices about where we build onshore wind farms. Navitus Bay is just a bad plan and in the wrong place,” he concluded.

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood said Bournemouth was an “exceptional resort” in the same league as Barcelona but the wind farm would put people off visiting. Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said he was “angry” at how the company “had treated the community”.

The council’s director of tourism, Mark Smith, said the authority had data showing the number of people visiting the town would be reduced by 32 per cent during the construction and 14 per cent long term.

Elsewhere, he said, wind farms had been sited more appropriately to negate the visual impact.

Views from the audience were mixed, although those speaking against the application had numbers on their side. One speaker said “Do not allow another blot on the landscape”, referring to the IMAX building, but another said she found the turbines “majestic” in appearance.

Tony Yates, of Hengistbury Head Residents' Association, said residents “overwhelmingly” opposed the project, while Chris Colledge, of West Cliff Residents’ Association, said the majority of people there felt it was “too big and too close”.

“As a member of the angling community, one cannot underestimate the effect this will have on marine life,” he said.

Angela Pooley, of East Dorset Friends of the Earth, said: “Climate change will have a far greater effect on the landscape than this wind farm.”

Professor John Sharpe, from Highcliffe, claimed more than 3,500 mature oak trees would need to be cut down to accommodate the cables, and Poole councillor Tony Woodcock said that if only 60 jobs were to be created in the area it would not make up for the economic impact.

After hearing from the speakers, residents were invited to record their views on a feedback form.

Council leader Cllr John Beesley said the turnout reflected the great strength of feeling among residents, and that their views would have “very significant weight” with the Planning Inspectorate, which will consider the application.

“There is a lot of data to go through and we need to make sure we have understood all that before we give an evidence-based view,” he added.

“It needs to be based on planning policy and it needs to be sustainable.”

PLANNING INSPECTORATE TO HOLD INFORMATION MEETINGS

REPRESENTATIVES of the Planning Inspectorate visit Bournemouth later this month to explain more about the wind farm planning process.

The organisation confirmed last week that a valid planning application with 18,000 pages of supporting documents has been lodged by Navitus Bay Development Ltd.

Anyone who wants to keep informed has between Tuesday, May 13, and Monday, June 23, to register as an interested party.

The Inspectorate is holding an information event at The Wessex Hotel, West Cliff Road, on Thursday, May 22, from 2-7pm, with presentations at 3pm and 6pm.

The public can drop in at any time to find out more and ask questions.

If you wish to attend, telephone 0303 444 5000, email NavitusBay@ infrastructure.gso.gov.uk or inform the team via post.

Address your letters to the Navitus Bay case team, Major Applications and Plans, The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

DECISION DUE AFTER NEXT ELECTION

NAVITUS Bay wind farm is designated a nationally significant infrastructure project, so the final decision will be made at a national level.

The £3billion wind farm would have up to 194 turbines, up to 200 metres high, in the bay around 13 miles from Bournemouth and Poole.

The power cables would hit land at Taddiford Gap, between Barton-on-Sea and New Milton, and run 22 miles inland to a new sub-station at Mannington, near Wimborne.

The project, part of a third round of offshore wind projects on designated Crown Estate sites, is a joint venture between energy firms Eneco Wind UK – part of Dutch firm Eneco – and EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of French energy giant EDF. The decision will be made after the next election and based on the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendations.

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9:51am Mon 12 May 14

Richard 51 says...

It's a wind farm or a nuclear power station on the common then, or do you all want to live in the dark
It's a wind farm or a nuclear power station on the common then, or do you all want to live in the dark Richard 51
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10:01am Mon 12 May 14

Dai Rear says...

It wouldn't be contemplated if the laws of supply and demand were not perverted by the State. Little England makes a vanishingly small contribution to "climate change" even if you accept the BBC dogma that it is caused by us rather than randomly. And if these subsidised things are stuck out there they'll fail within 40 years and have to be rebuilt at an enormous energy cost or be left to fester because we've moved on from the nonsense that unpredictable supplies of electricity, absent the ability to store the stuff which has eluded mankind, is worth massive fuel bills for all for years to come. In the meantime renewable fuel is lying round the New Forest and the authorities won't let it be used because of insects. Yep, you're less important than a mosquito. "Green" Party-why don't you get on your soap box about that?
Man made climate change is a faith. People with faiths thought that building lots of chapels in Wales, only letting priests read and write, drowning old women, not letting little girls be educated, etc etc would stop bad things happening. Bad things still happen
It wouldn't be contemplated if the laws of supply and demand were not perverted by the State. Little England makes a vanishingly small contribution to "climate change" even if you accept the BBC dogma that it is caused by us rather than randomly. And if these subsidised things are stuck out there they'll fail within 40 years and have to be rebuilt at an enormous energy cost or be left to fester because we've moved on from the nonsense that unpredictable supplies of electricity, absent the ability to store the stuff which has eluded mankind, is worth massive fuel bills for all for years to come. In the meantime renewable fuel is lying round the New Forest and the authorities won't let it be used because of insects. Yep, you're less important than a mosquito. "Green" Party-why don't you get on your soap box about that? Man made climate change is a faith. People with faiths thought that building lots of chapels in Wales, only letting priests read and write, drowning old women, not letting little girls be educated, etc etc would stop bad things happening. Bad things still happen Dai Rear
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10:03am Mon 12 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Richard 51 wrote:
It's a wind farm or a nuclear power station on the common then, or do you all want to live in the dark
Believe me a wind farm won't stop anyone living in the dark. You probably don't get out a lot else you'd have noticed the wind doesn't blow all the time at a regular "manageable" speed. D'oh.
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: It's a wind farm or a nuclear power station on the common then, or do you all want to live in the dark[/p][/quote]Believe me a wind farm won't stop anyone living in the dark. You probably don't get out a lot else you'd have noticed the wind doesn't blow all the time at a regular "manageable" speed. D'oh. Dai Rear
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11:05am Mon 12 May 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Wind alone may not solve whole of the energy problem, but along with other sources like solar and waves etc it can go long way towards saving the environment.

Any one country alone by cleaning its act can't save planet Earth, either the whole world start taking precautions soon or face the fact that life of future generations will become very difficult or may be impossible.

Those who oppose progressive ideas may get taken care of by the laws of nature, because nobody lives forever, but future generations will end up paying the price for them enjoying playing ostriches; heads buried in the sand and gas holes releasing irresponsible thinking and support for old outdated ideas.
Wind alone may not solve whole of the energy problem, but along with other sources like solar and waves etc it can go long way towards saving the environment. Any one country alone by cleaning its act can't save planet Earth, either the whole world start taking precautions soon or face the fact that life of future generations will become very difficult or may be impossible. Those who oppose progressive ideas may get taken care of by the laws of nature, because nobody lives forever, but future generations will end up paying the price for them enjoying playing ostriches; heads buried in the sand and gas holes releasing irresponsible thinking and support for old outdated ideas. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 1

12:01pm Mon 12 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Wind alone may not solve whole of the energy problem, but along with other sources like solar and waves etc it can go long way towards saving the environment.

Any one country alone by cleaning its act can't save planet Earth, either the whole world start taking precautions soon or face the fact that life of future generations will become very difficult or may be impossible.

Those who oppose progressive ideas may get taken care of by the laws of nature, because nobody lives forever, but future generations will end up paying the price for them enjoying playing ostriches; heads buried in the sand and gas holes releasing irresponsible thinking and support for old outdated ideas.
I think you have to use solar energy to split water into its constituents and then ship compressed hydrogen to countries with inferior solar resources. Since this involves treating with unstable regimes it is going to be very difficult but pretending that wind and water are going to bridge the gap is tokenism
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Wind alone may not solve whole of the energy problem, but along with other sources like solar and waves etc it can go long way towards saving the environment. Any one country alone by cleaning its act can't save planet Earth, either the whole world start taking precautions soon or face the fact that life of future generations will become very difficult or may be impossible. Those who oppose progressive ideas may get taken care of by the laws of nature, because nobody lives forever, but future generations will end up paying the price for them enjoying playing ostriches; heads buried in the sand and gas holes releasing irresponsible thinking and support for old outdated ideas.[/p][/quote]I think you have to use solar energy to split water into its constituents and then ship compressed hydrogen to countries with inferior solar resources. Since this involves treating with unstable regimes it is going to be very difficult but pretending that wind and water are going to bridge the gap is tokenism Dai Rear
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12:08pm Mon 12 May 14

forest hump says...

Lots and lots of people spouting off lots and lots of data. Irrespective of the actual performance of this project, how on earth does it take so long to get it done? A decision after the next election?? Smells like someone is scared of losing votes. Why does anything always involve politics? I do not support wind power but jesus! this country is totally incompetent when it come to making decisions. Politicians need to butt out and leave it to professionals.
When the French were asked how they quickly conceived, designed and constructed a major road through a mountainous region, their answer was " we do neither politicise or consult the animals"

When this is eventually built ( or not, depending on how long the childish bickering goes on) the design will be outdated and another costly review will be required. Actual "design and build" is cost effective in this country. It is all the Political claptrap that adds cost.
Lots and lots of people spouting off lots and lots of data. Irrespective of the actual performance of this project, how on earth does it take so long to get it done? A decision after the next election?? Smells like someone is scared of losing votes. Why does anything always involve politics? I do not support wind power but jesus! this country is totally incompetent when it come to making decisions. Politicians need to butt out and leave it to professionals. When the French were asked how they quickly conceived, designed and constructed a major road through a mountainous region, their answer was " we do neither politicise or consult the animals" When this is eventually built ( or not, depending on how long the childish bickering goes on) the design will be outdated and another costly review will be required. Actual "design and build" is cost effective in this country. It is all the Political claptrap that adds cost. forest hump
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12:22pm Mon 12 May 14

Dai Rear says...

forest hump wrote:
Lots and lots of people spouting off lots and lots of data. Irrespective of the actual performance of this project, how on earth does it take so long to get it done? A decision after the next election?? Smells like someone is scared of losing votes. Why does anything always involve politics? I do not support wind power but jesus! this country is totally incompetent when it come to making decisions. Politicians need to butt out and leave it to professionals.
When the French were asked how they quickly conceived, designed and constructed a major road through a mountainous region, their answer was " we do neither politicise or consult the animals"

When this is eventually built ( or not, depending on how long the childish bickering goes on) the design will be outdated and another costly review will be required. Actual "design and build" is cost effective in this country. It is all the Political claptrap that adds cost.
"we do neither politicise or consult the animals". As I recall the quotation continues "let the animals eat cake"
PS do they have animals living under mountains in France? They do in Wales of course, gofols, but I didn't know they had them over the Channel
Your overall position seems to be that this is too important a matter for the views of those who'll pay for this thing through bigger leccy bills or have to look at them, an ugly rotting folly for the next umpty ump years
I haven't looked at the source of the quotation but could it have been Marechal Petain, in about 1942?
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Lots and lots of people spouting off lots and lots of data. Irrespective of the actual performance of this project, how on earth does it take so long to get it done? A decision after the next election?? Smells like someone is scared of losing votes. Why does anything always involve politics? I do not support wind power but jesus! this country is totally incompetent when it come to making decisions. Politicians need to butt out and leave it to professionals. When the French were asked how they quickly conceived, designed and constructed a major road through a mountainous region, their answer was " we do neither politicise or consult the animals" When this is eventually built ( or not, depending on how long the childish bickering goes on) the design will be outdated and another costly review will be required. Actual "design and build" is cost effective in this country. It is all the Political claptrap that adds cost.[/p][/quote]"we do neither politicise or consult the animals". As I recall the quotation continues "let the animals eat cake" PS do they have animals living under mountains in France? They do in Wales of course, gofols, but I didn't know they had them over the Channel Your overall position seems to be that this is too important a matter for the views of those who'll pay for this thing through bigger leccy bills or have to look at them, an ugly rotting folly for the next umpty ump years I haven't looked at the source of the quotation but could it have been Marechal Petain, in about 1942? Dai Rear
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