Consultation begins on plans for £3 billion offshore wind farm

Daily Echo: Up to 300 wind turbines could be built under the Eneco plans. Up to 300 wind turbines could be built under the Eneco plans.

WIND turbines could be seen from the New Forest coastline if plans for a giant £3 billion offshore wind farm are given the go-ahead.

Dutch-based energy firm Eneco today launches a public consultation on its proposals to build up to 300 wind turbines nine miles from Barton on Sea, 14 miles from Lymington and 8.4 miles west from The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

If granted planning consent, the 76 square mile wind farm could generate enough electricity to power between 615,000 and 820,000 homes – equivalent to the population of Hampshire.

Three options for mixes of varying sized turbines, from 3.7 to 9MW, are proposed for the wind farm, known as Navitus Bay. The tallest would rise up to 160m out of the sea.

And the Daily Echo can reveal Southampton is being considered, along with other south coast and French havens, to become a “construction port” for the assembly of the turbines, bringing up to 100 jobs.

A longer-term maintenance and operations presence could see dozens more roles created.

A series of public information days has already been held.

Eneco is now launching a series of eight public exhibitions as part of its bid for planning consent, beginning today in Swanage, and moving to New Milton next Wednesday and Lymington next Friday.

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Navitus Bay project director Chris Sherrington said: “We are seeking feedback on the proposals from the public which will help us inform the final design of Navitus Bay.

“The statutory consultation period lasts for the next 18 months, so even if people are unable to attend the exhibitions there will still be plenty of time to provide feedback.”

The plans have already led to some objections from environmental groups and concerns from the Hamble-based Royal Yachting Association about its location and its impact on leisure sailing.

Eneco says recreational boating through the wind farms will be permitted as they will be spaced at least 750m apart.

An initial survey of south coast residents for Eneco revealed 78 per cent of respondents said they would be happy to live in sight of the huge turbines.

Eneco was awarded the rights to seek development consent for 279 square miles of sea bed to the west of the Isle of Wight by the Crown Estate in 2010. It is one of nine zones within UK waters ministers hope will together deliver 32GW – a quarter of the UK’s electricity needs.

A planning application to the national Infrastructure Planning Commission is expected to be submitted next year for consent in 2015.

The wind farm could be operational by 2020.

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4:30pm Tue 21 Feb 12

freefinker says...

.. 'giant' they may be.
But at the three quoted distances (9, 14 and 8.4 miles) they will be little more than dots on the horizon.
.. 'giant' they may be. But at the three quoted distances (9, 14 and 8.4 miles) they will be little more than dots on the horizon. freefinker
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4:35pm Tue 21 Feb 12

eurogordi says...

I've seen wind turbines off the coast of Denmark and closer to land than the three distances quoted above. They don't look that bad and far better than pylons that criss-cross the land.

Bound to be increasing opposition though, knowing the value of houses in Lymington and Barton on Sea.
I've seen wind turbines off the coast of Denmark and closer to land than the three distances quoted above. They don't look that bad and far better than pylons that criss-cross the land. Bound to be increasing opposition though, knowing the value of houses in Lymington and Barton on Sea. eurogordi
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4:37pm Tue 21 Feb 12

Linesman says...

What is more important. Green energy or a detrimental effect on leisure sailing?

I would have thought that they would be big enough for even the most short-sighted sailor to see, and if they can't steer their boat to miss them, then they should stay on shore.
What is more important. Green energy or a detrimental effect on leisure sailing? I would have thought that they would be big enough for even the most short-sighted sailor to see, and if they can't steer their boat to miss them, then they should stay on shore. Linesman
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4:58pm Tue 21 Feb 12

norfolkboy14 says...

Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream then please register your objection to the Government on

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/22958

or by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958" and following the link.
Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] then please register your objection to the Government on http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/22958 or by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958" and following the link. norfolkboy14
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9:54am Wed 22 Feb 12

AndyAndrews says...

I've got a caravan overlooking the bay and am not worried at all about these specks on the horizon. I am concerned that it is all a waste of money,though, being one of Chris Huhne's eco-looney ideas. And if it goes ahead I'd bet that the 100 turbine assembly jobs go to France not Southampton..
I've got a caravan overlooking the bay and am not worried at all about these specks on the horizon. I am concerned that it is all a waste of money,though, being one of Chris Huhne's eco-looney ideas. And if it goes ahead I'd bet that the 100 turbine assembly jobs go to France not Southampton.. AndyAndrews
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11:17am Wed 22 Feb 12

SotonLad says...

Linesman wrote:
What is more important. Green energy or a detrimental effect on leisure sailing?

I would have thought that they would be big enough for even the most short-sighted sailor to see, and if they can't steer their boat to miss them, then they should stay on shore.
Well said. The future is more important than these NIMBYs and their toys.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: What is more important. Green energy or a detrimental effect on leisure sailing? I would have thought that they would be big enough for even the most short-sighted sailor to see, and if they can't steer their boat to miss them, then they should stay on shore.[/p][/quote]Well said. The future is more important than these NIMBYs and their toys. SotonLad
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4:05pm Wed 22 Feb 12

Purbeckboy says...

It is not what they look like (Even those these will be the biggest in the World). It is the effect they will have the locality. The other night the Victorian Swanage pier featured on BBC in "Heritage under threat"
A point was made that the pier gains a significant income from the Dive Boats. The diving is the best along the south coast. Take a look at the plans for the wind farm and you will see that a great deal of the sites are in the wind farm area. How do you rescue a diver with bends from the middle of a wind farm?
Take a walk along the Durlston cliffs during the breeding season and watch the guilemots and razorbills flying out to sea to get fish for their young. The direction is straight towards the area of the proposed Wind Farm. Watch the migrating birds pass over your head in spring and autumn from Durlston Country Park, either in from the proposed Wind Farm area or out towards it. The sea bed in that area is rich in life and many local incomes depend upon it, so before we turn it into a construction site and destroy it forever, think carefully - is it worth it. This wind farm will only last 25 years. Take a look at California and the thousands of decomissioned windmills. They have been responsible for almost wiping out the Bald Eagle. Our future should not depend on a few people making loads of money out of Government Grants.
It is not what they look like (Even those these will be the biggest in the World). It is the effect they will have the locality. The other night the Victorian Swanage pier featured on BBC in "Heritage under threat" A point was made that the pier gains a significant income from the Dive Boats. The diving is the best along the south coast. Take a look at the plans for the wind farm and you will see that a great deal of the sites are in the wind farm area. How do you rescue a diver with bends from the middle of a wind farm? Take a walk along the Durlston cliffs during the breeding season and watch the guilemots and razorbills flying out to sea to get fish for their young. The direction is straight towards the area of the proposed Wind Farm. Watch the migrating birds pass over your head in spring and autumn from Durlston Country Park, either in from the proposed Wind Farm area or out towards it. The sea bed in that area is rich in life and many local incomes depend upon it, so before we turn it into a construction site and destroy it forever, think carefully - is it worth it. This wind farm will only last 25 years. Take a look at California and the thousands of decomissioned windmills. They have been responsible for almost wiping out the Bald Eagle. Our future should not depend on a few people making loads of money out of Government Grants. Purbeckboy
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9:31pm Wed 22 Feb 12

loosehead says...

Purbeckboy wrote:
It is not what they look like (Even those these will be the biggest in the World). It is the effect they will have the locality. The other night the Victorian Swanage pier featured on BBC in "Heritage under threat"
A point was made that the pier gains a significant income from the Dive Boats. The diving is the best along the south coast. Take a look at the plans for the wind farm and you will see that a great deal of the sites are in the wind farm area. How do you rescue a diver with bends from the middle of a wind farm?
Take a walk along the Durlston cliffs during the breeding season and watch the guilemots and razorbills flying out to sea to get fish for their young. The direction is straight towards the area of the proposed Wind Farm. Watch the migrating birds pass over your head in spring and autumn from Durlston Country Park, either in from the proposed Wind Farm area or out towards it. The sea bed in that area is rich in life and many local incomes depend upon it, so before we turn it into a construction site and destroy it forever, think carefully - is it worth it. This wind farm will only last 25 years. Take a look at California and the thousands of decomissioned windmills. They have been responsible for almost wiping out the Bald Eagle. Our future should not depend on a few people making loads of money out of Government Grants.
So they can't dive somewhere in that area?
the birds are stupid & will fly straight into them?
i've watched quite a few wildlife programs where there are Wind turbines & the birds fly between them or around them so please don't use this as an excuse to object
[quote][p][bold]Purbeckboy[/bold] wrote: It is not what they look like (Even those these will be the biggest in the World). It is the effect they will have the locality. The other night the Victorian Swanage pier featured on BBC in "Heritage under threat" A point was made that the pier gains a significant income from the Dive Boats. The diving is the best along the south coast. Take a look at the plans for the wind farm and you will see that a great deal of the sites are in the wind farm area. How do you rescue a diver with bends from the middle of a wind farm? Take a walk along the Durlston cliffs during the breeding season and watch the guilemots and razorbills flying out to sea to get fish for their young. The direction is straight towards the area of the proposed Wind Farm. Watch the migrating birds pass over your head in spring and autumn from Durlston Country Park, either in from the proposed Wind Farm area or out towards it. The sea bed in that area is rich in life and many local incomes depend upon it, so before we turn it into a construction site and destroy it forever, think carefully - is it worth it. This wind farm will only last 25 years. Take a look at California and the thousands of decomissioned windmills. They have been responsible for almost wiping out the Bald Eagle. Our future should not depend on a few people making loads of money out of Government Grants.[/p][/quote]So they can't dive somewhere in that area? the birds are stupid & will fly straight into them? i've watched quite a few wildlife programs where there are Wind turbines & the birds fly between them or around them so please don't use this as an excuse to object loosehead
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