A planning hearing into the controversial Navitus Bay windfarm got underway today - giving people the chance to have their say on what could become Europe's largest offshore facility.
Energy giants Eneco and EDF want to build it off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coastlines. Either a hundred and twenty - or a hundred and ninety turbines - would be put up across an area of sea half the size of the Isle of Wight, powering 700,000 homes. It has has support from green energy campaigners but opponents claim it'll ruin the local tourist economy - and the view.
Chris Lisher is the harbour master at Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, one of three ports which could become the base for Navitus Bay's onshore support facilities.
Mick Pearce runs a guest house right on the seafront looking out towards the turbines.
An MP from East Sussex has welcomed news of a windfarm off the coast of East Sussex.
Lewes MP Norman Baker says it is 'great news' that the Rampion offshore wind farm has been given consent from the government to go ahead.
This project is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK’s economy. Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.
The chief operating officer of E.ON has said he is delighted after receiving the go-ahead for the windfarm off the Sussex coast.
Windfarms: a new report says they may be good for the environment; but when it comes to house prices for properties in their immediate vicinity, then they certainly are not good. We've been to the site of England's largest onshore windfarm, opened by Ed Miliband, on the Romney Marsh.
Sailors fighting plans to build a 200 turbine windfarm are meeting today in Christchurch. Opponents of the Navitus Bay wind farm say it will be seen from Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight and cause navigation problems. But it could power almost 800,000 homes.
What will the future hold for large-scale windfarm projects in the South? Hampshire County Council is to consider banning them on its land. Martin Dowse reports.
Hampshire County Council is considering banning the development of large scale wind farms.
The authority is consulting on proposals which would stop all large wind turbines and wind farms from being built on council owned land.
A new report says that while the turbines provide green renewable energy they have an "adverse impact" on the landscape.