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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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
“Alongside national policy and evidence of the need for the project, the views and comments from communities, particularly those near the South East coast of England who might be affected by this proposal, greatly assisted the Examining Authority in considering the overall impacts of the project.”
The major wind farm project, planned for the Dorset coast in Navitus Bay has been refused. More as we get it.