Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns has today hailed the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s decision to refuse planning consent for the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Farm. This follows the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation that the application be rejected.
Mr Burns said the proposal would have seen up to 194 200m-tall wind turbines installed 14km off the Dorset coastline. He said it had attracted widespread opposition from local residents and their representatives.
I have said from the very beginning that the Navitus Bay proposal would be bad for Bournemouth and bad for Dorset, threatening the UK’s only natural World Heritage Site and the tourism economy which is the lifeblood of my constituency.
I very much welcome the government’s decision to refuse planning consent, which vindicates my own long-standing opposition to the proposal, as well as that of many of my constituents. I have spoken in Parliament on six occasions on this subject, lobbied the Secretary of State in their own Department and put the case directly to the Prime Minister in No. 10. I am delighted that our case has prevailed.
While others were prepared to countenance this scheme, I opposed it from the very start. The developer should take note that we will fight any appeal with equal resolve. This scheme must now be at an end and the threat to our area removed forever.
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