£3bn Navitus Bay wind farm plans face fresh battle

Daily Echo: £3bn wind farm plans face fresh battle £3bn wind farm plans face fresh battle

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a £3 billion wind farm off the Hampshire coast are facing fresh criticism.

The organisation that runs the New Forest National Park has hit out at the visual impact of the proposed Navitus Bay project, part of which would be just 12 miles from the shore.

Members of the National Park Authority (NPA) said the 194 turbines would harm the character of the area.

As reported in the Daily Echo, the development would occupy a 60 square mile site west of the Isle of Wight and would produce enough electricity to power more than 700,000 homes.

A report to the NPA’s planning committee was told the wind farm would be visible from parts of the National Park.

It also raised concerns over an underground cable linking the farm with a National Grid sub-station in Dorset.

Committee chairman, Cllr Pat Wyeth, said the cable could create a “permanent scar” across the Forest while Cllr Maureen Holding warned it would have “a terrific impact”.

Members were told that lights would be attached to the 200-metre high turbines to make them visible to ships and aircraft in the dark.

But Daniel Bates of Navitus Bay Development Ltd said the company had sought to minimise the impact on the area “wherever possible”.

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6:42am Thu 17 Jul 14

Andy Locks Heath says...

I wouldn't buy a car that only worked some of the time, nor a TV, nor a fridge. And how about a dyalisis machine? A heart monitor? an MRI scanner? Yet taxpayers are expected to pay £3bn to subsidise a tool that UK windfarm statistics show will only provide 10% of its so called quoted capacity in a random unpredictable. It doesn't matter how "green" it is - if it isn't useful it isn't worth having. Hinkley Point B is what we need, and we need it now.
I wouldn't buy a car that only worked some of the time, nor a TV, nor a fridge. And how about a dyalisis machine? A heart monitor? an MRI scanner? Yet taxpayers are expected to pay £3bn to subsidise a tool that UK windfarm statistics show will only provide 10% of its so called quoted capacity in a random unpredictable. It doesn't matter how "green" it is - if it isn't useful it isn't worth having. Hinkley Point B is what we need, and we need it now. Andy Locks Heath
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6:53am Thu 17 Jul 14

SotonGreen says...

NIMBY
NIMBY SotonGreen
  • Score: 5

7:29am Thu 17 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

Visual impact . For god sake.
Visual impact . For god sake. elvisimo
  • Score: 5

9:24am Thu 17 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

elvisimo wrote:
Visual impact . For god sake.
It wasn't long ago that the people living in the most indistrialised area of Southampton used the same excuse (amongst others) to object to a Bio-Mass that would be a great benefit and a Sulphur Plant that would be a source of employment. A clever Wordsmith coined the acronym BANANA 'Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone (or Anything)' and every suggested development in the overcrowded UK meets similar preposterous and ludicrous objections.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: Visual impact . For god sake.[/p][/quote]It wasn't long ago that the people living in the most indistrialised area of Southampton used the same excuse (amongst others) to object to a Bio-Mass that would be a great benefit and a Sulphur Plant that would be a source of employment. A clever Wordsmith coined the acronym BANANA 'Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone (or Anything)' and every suggested development in the overcrowded UK meets similar preposterous and ludicrous objections. Torchie1
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