Storm continues to rage over Navitus Bay plans

Storm continues to rage over Navitus Bay plans

Storm continues to rage over Navitus Bay plans

First published in News

IT is one of the most controversial plans ever in the south.

Almost 3,000 people and organisations have registered to have their say over a massive wind farm planned off the Hampshire coast.

It is thought to be a record figure for such a scheme.

Arguments continue to rage over the proposed Navitus Bay development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as tall as 200 metres placed off the coast – less than 12 miles from Milford on Sea and just 14.5 miles from Lymington. They would be clearly visible from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The scheme was due to be discussed in the House of Commons today in an adjournment debate secured by Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, who formerly stood for Parliament unsuccessfully in Eastleigh.

The deadline to become an interested party with the Planning Inspectorate, which will make the decision on the plans, has now passed.

Around 2,700 registrations have been made, thought to be far higher than for any other offshore wind project, including the abandoned Atlantic Array off the south coast of Wales.

All are now available to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

Roy Pointer, chairman of the Poole and Christchurch Bays Association, which represents a host of residents’ groups, said: “What is striking when you look at the comments is that the vast majority of businesses, individuals, MPs and NGOs are strongly against the project.

“Our analysis shows that 90 per cent of those who registered are opposed to this giant inshore industrial project for a variety of valid reasons.”

A wide range of organisations and individuals have raised worries over a raft of issues – including the visual impact, threats to boating and fishing and the potential impact on the area's tourism industry.

But some of those registered are supporting the project, including Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Angela Pooley, co-ordinator of East Dorset FoE, which is a member of BH Green, an umbrella group that includes the Green Party, Greenpeace, Poole Agenda 21, Transition Bournemouth, Transition Christchurch and Transition Poole, said it believed that the “negativity is misguided and based on anecdotal information and, sadly, a degree of ‘nimbyism’.”

She added: “The BH Green Group, including East Dorset FoE, believes that if we don’t move to more sustainable forms of energy, the negative effects of climate change will have a far greater impact locally and globally than the wind farm.

“Wind farms aren’t the total answer to providing sustainable energy, but they are part of the solution. Therefore we hope that Navitus Bay wind farm gets approval.”

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11:06am Wed 9 Jul 14

From the sidelines says...

“Wind farms aren’t the total answer to providing sustainable energy, but they are part of the solution."

No, they're not. For many reasons concerning the payback period, both financially and in terms of energy.
“Wind farms aren’t the total answer to providing sustainable energy, but they are part of the solution." No, they're not. For many reasons concerning the payback period, both financially and in terms of energy. From the sidelines
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11:32am Wed 9 Jul 14

forest hump says...

Angela Pooley is a very naive young lady
Angela Pooley is a very naive young lady forest hump
  • Score: -8

11:57am Wed 9 Jul 14

sotonboy84 says...

Angela Pooley is an idiot.

I don't see how any objection or negativity of the scheme is "misguided" or "nimbyism". Surely as any planning application is open to public comment, people are entitled to their comment? Angela Pooley's comment is just that, her comment, so she shouldn't make personal subjective comments being representaive of a group, attacking the veiws of objectors. She should be making comments based on the positives of the application she believes in.
Angela Pooley is an idiot. I don't see how any objection or negativity of the scheme is "misguided" or "nimbyism". Surely as any planning application is open to public comment, people are entitled to their comment? Angela Pooley's comment is just that, her comment, so she shouldn't make personal subjective comments being representaive of a group, attacking the veiws of objectors. She should be making comments based on the positives of the application she believes in. sotonboy84
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Bring it on..it is the way forward,and we need to leave a clean legacy to those who will inherit in the future.
I wonder if there was all this "Nimbyism" when electricity was invented,and pylons started to be erected?
We should all be very grateful that we were lucky enough to have been born at a time when electricity is available to us(it would be back to the stoneage without it),and that there are greener ways beeing provided to produce it.
Bring it on..it is the way forward,and we need to leave a clean legacy to those who will inherit in the future. I wonder if there was all this "Nimbyism" when electricity was invented,and pylons started to be erected? We should all be very grateful that we were lucky enough to have been born at a time when electricity is available to us(it would be back to the stoneage without it),and that there are greener ways beeing provided to produce it. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 10

1:44pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Beer Monster says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Bring it on..it is the way forward,and we need to leave a clean legacy to those who will inherit in the future.
I wonder if there was all this "Nimbyism" when electricity was invented,and pylons started to be erected?
We should all be very grateful that we were lucky enough to have been born at a time when electricity is available to us(it would be back to the stoneage without it),and that there are greener ways beeing provided to produce it.
You're totally right there, the progression of science is often measured by the number of people you rub up the wrong way - look at the reaction to Galileo's premise that the world wasn't flat.

I work in Scotland these days for a company that helps to supply the National Grids balancing mechanism by aggregating a mixture of renewable and carbon reduced methods of generation (i.e. CHP based). One of the ways we incorporate wind power is if the amount of total generation is creating a surplus then we offset the load from fossil fuels onto wind. Projects like Navitus Bay will help to make this more effective.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: Bring it on..it is the way forward,and we need to leave a clean legacy to those who will inherit in the future. I wonder if there was all this "Nimbyism" when electricity was invented,and pylons started to be erected? We should all be very grateful that we were lucky enough to have been born at a time when electricity is available to us(it would be back to the stoneage without it),and that there are greener ways beeing provided to produce it.[/p][/quote]You're totally right there, the progression of science is often measured by the number of people you rub up the wrong way - look at the reaction to Galileo's premise that the world wasn't flat. I work in Scotland these days for a company that helps to supply the National Grids balancing mechanism by aggregating a mixture of renewable and carbon reduced methods of generation (i.e. CHP based). One of the ways we incorporate wind power is if the amount of total generation is creating a surplus then we offset the load from fossil fuels onto wind. Projects like Navitus Bay will help to make this more effective. Beer Monster
  • Score: 9

2:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Richard 51 says...

So where would you like this brand new nuclear power station built, the New Forest comes to mind oh yes as long as it isn't in my back yard.
So where would you like this brand new nuclear power station built, the New Forest comes to mind oh yes as long as it isn't in my back yard. Richard 51
  • Score: 3

2:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

sallyrdn says...

Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought!
Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought! sallyrdn
  • Score: 11

2:48pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SouthBrummie says...

sallyrdn wrote:
Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought!
I too like the look of wind farms. I'd be more then happy to be able to view them from my balcony. People need to stop moaning and realise we need new ways of producing energy.
[quote][p][bold]sallyrdn[/bold] wrote: Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought![/p][/quote]I too like the look of wind farms. I'd be more then happy to be able to view them from my balcony. People need to stop moaning and realise we need new ways of producing energy. SouthBrummie
  • Score: 10

5:04pm Wed 9 Jul 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

sallyrdn wrote:
Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought!
No, you're not, I agree they can look majestic. And I'd far rather look at wind turbines than smog, or air that's looks clean but is in fact full of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates.
[quote][p][bold]sallyrdn[/bold] wrote: Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought![/p][/quote]No, you're not, I agree they can look majestic. And I'd far rather look at wind turbines than smog, or air that's looks clean but is in fact full of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 6

8:05pm Wed 9 Jul 14

forest hump says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
sallyrdn wrote:
Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought!
No, you're not, I agree they can look majestic. And I'd far rather look at wind turbines than smog, or air that's looks clean but is in fact full of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates.
They would be fine if they were cost effective and consistent
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sallyrdn[/bold] wrote: Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought![/p][/quote]No, you're not, I agree they can look majestic. And I'd far rather look at wind turbines than smog, or air that's looks clean but is in fact full of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates.[/p][/quote]They would be fine if they were cost effective and consistent forest hump
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
sallyrdn wrote:
Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought!
No, you're not, I agree they can look majestic. And I'd far rather look at wind turbines than smog, or air that's looks clean but is in fact full of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates.
The first time I ever saw a wind farm(which up to that point in my life,the existence of, I was totally unaware),was in the early 90's,up in the hills on the approach road to San Francisco,and I was totally blown away(no pun intended).
To my mind,the effect was aesthetically stunning,and is one of those scenes and sights,that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Having said that,I can appreciate why people who are told that they will have one built near to their homes,in what may have previously been a totally clear and unspoiled landscape,would be upset and annoyed,which is why projects like these should not be discouraged.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sallyrdn[/bold] wrote: Am I alone in thinking that wind farms are rather nice to look at? Looking across the bay on a nice clear day and seeing them rising out of a bright blue the sea has a kind of beauty to it. Just a thought![/p][/quote]No, you're not, I agree they can look majestic. And I'd far rather look at wind turbines than smog, or air that's looks clean but is in fact full of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates.[/p][/quote]The first time I ever saw a wind farm(which up to that point in my life,the existence of, I was totally unaware),was in the early 90's,up in the hills on the approach road to San Francisco,and I was totally blown away(no pun intended). To my mind,the effect was aesthetically stunning,and is one of those scenes and sights,that I will remember for the rest of my life. Having said that,I can appreciate why people who are told that they will have one built near to their homes,in what may have previously been a totally clear and unspoiled landscape,would be upset and annoyed,which is why projects like these should not be discouraged. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

forest hump says...

Richard 51 wrote:
So where would you like this brand new nuclear power station built, the New Forest comes to mind oh yes as long as it isn't in my back yard.
Fawley
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: So where would you like this brand new nuclear power station built, the New Forest comes to mind oh yes as long as it isn't in my back yard.[/p][/quote]Fawley forest hump
  • Score: 1

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