Wind farm scheme for Dorset is refused

The wind farm scheme, planned for Navitus Bay in Dorset, has been refused.

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Dorset wind farm scheme rejected by government

It was to be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, but today plans for the controversial Navitus Bay development have been rejected by the Government.

The decision not to build up to 200 wind turbines just 13 miles off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coastlines has been welcomed by councils, MPs and campaign groups. Martin Dowse reports.

Purbeck Council welcomes wind farm refusal

The announcement that the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has refused plans for a wind farm off the Dorset coast has been welcomed by Purbeck District Council.

Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council, said: “We are pleased that ministers have made this decision. Although the council fully supports sustainable energy, the potential adverse impacts of such a large scale development outweighed any potential benefits.”


National Trust welcomes refusal of wind farm project

The National Trust has welcomed the news that the Navitus Bay Wind Park has been refused planning consent.

"We always believed that this is the wrong proposal for this location and will lead to damage of a beautiful coastline,’ said Ian Wilson, Assistant Director of Operations for the National Trust in the South West.

"We commissioned our own study and found the wind park would negatively impact on these important landscapes and seascapes of nearby coastlines. Our objection was because of the impact on the beautiful coastlines of East Dorset and the Isle of Wight, including well-loved sites such as the Needles on the Isle of Wight, and Old Harry Rocks on Purbeck."

RenewableUK disappointed over wind farm refusal

RenewableUK has 'expressed disappointment' that the Energy Minister Lord Bourne has refused planning approval for Navitus Bay offshore wind farm off the south coast of England.

The 970 megawatt (MW) project was due to be built in the English Channel 13.4 miles off the coast from Bournemouth and 10.9 miles from the western tip of the Isle of Wight. It would have powered 700,000 homes a year.

It’s deeply disappointing that Navitus Bay has been refused consent. This is a missed opportunity as it means we’re failing to capitalise on the UK’s superb offshore wind resource and the economic benefits it brings. Years of hard work and significant investment went into developing this project which could have added £1.6billion to the economy of the region and created up to 1,700 jobs – it’s most unfortunate that that has now been lost.

“The offshore wind industry is still determined to deliver the substantial pipeline of projects in UK waters which includes more than 5 gigawatts of operational capacity and over 13GW with planning permission. We’re making good progress in driving down costs while the prices of imported conventional fuels remain volatile. We’re also bringing real economic benefits with 13,000 jobs and inward investment of over £1billion last year

– RenewableUK

Bournemouth MP welcomes decision to reject wind farm plan

Conor Burns, Bournemouth West MP, has welcomed the decision Credit: Twitter

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.

– Conor Burns MP

More details from Planning Inspectorate as wind farm project is refused

The decision supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and follows an examination process which met all the statutory timescales laid down in The Planning Act 2008 (as amended by The Localism Act 2011).

The application was submitted for consideration on 10 April 2014 and accepted for examination on 8 May 2014. It is the 43rd project to be decided under the Planning Act 2008 regime and is the 11th offshore wind farm application examined by the Planning Inspectorate.

– Planning Inpectorate


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