Planning committee unaminously objects to Navitus Bay wind farm plans

Dorset Echo: Planning committee unaminously objects to offshore wind farm plans Planning committee unaminously objects to offshore wind farm plans

DORSET County Council's planning committee has unanimously objected to proposals for an offshore wind farm.

The committee met today to discuss a report on the Navitus Bay application in order to help the council prepare a response that will go to the Planning Inspectorate.

Speaking during the committee, chairman Mike Lovell raised his concerns and proposed they objected to it.

He said: "I'm not happy about this. I don't think it's a good idea to be doing this on the say so we've got so far.

"I think we need considerably more evidence that this is not going to be detrimental to the night skies, birds and everything else.”

Cllr Peter Hall, vice-chairman of the committee, said he was concerned about the development’s onshore impact and how the wind farm’s cables would affect the highways.

Steve Savage, transport development manager at the county council, said: “We have come to the conclusion that the information they have provided is robust and the impact on the strategic network is short term and acceptable.

“There are no safety concerns we need to raise on this.”

Cllr Hall replied: “I’m very surprised with that answer.”

Cllr David Jones said he was happy to support the committee’s objection.

He said: “This proposal is quite frankly horrendous and I’m very disappointed if in some ways the report seems to be through slightly rose tinted glasses.”

Cllr Jones had previously asked how much power the wind farm would actually generate, claiming the one gigawatt figure offered in the application was an overestimate.

Don Gobbett, head of planning, said he had been unable to ascertain a figure.

Cllr Jones said: “For one gigawatt of energy produced by a wind farm, we need a conventional backup because if you don’t and the wind for reasons withstanding just breaks you are hundred percent independent on wind power and one hundred percent up the creek.

“This could have been a much more robust report and I’m disappointed that it isn’t.”

Councillors also heard representations from an amateur bird watcher, the Wessex Astronomical Society and Christchurch Sailing Club among others.

Bruce Longstaff, honorary secretary of the Wessex Astronomical Society, said: “The Society is concerned that the aviation and marine lighting marking the turbines will intrude on the visible sky, adding light pollution.

“Such lighting would destroy the essential dark sky quality.”

The views of the committee and those who spoke will now be put forward to the cabinet when they meet on Wednesday at 11am.

The cabinet will decide on a representation which will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

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4:57pm Tue 3 Jun 14

annotater says...

Sense prevails! Thank goodness for the correct decision.
Sense prevails! Thank goodness for the correct decision. annotater
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

mr commonsense says...

Head in the sands and no thought about energy production for the taxpayers of Dorset.
I still believe that had the people in the 1840's acted as our elected representatives do today then we none of us would be using lights and power now.
Hopefully the government will now give the go ahead for this most exciting project.
Head in the sands and no thought about energy production for the taxpayers of Dorset. I still believe that had the people in the 1840's acted as our elected representatives do today then we none of us would be using lights and power now. Hopefully the government will now give the go ahead for this most exciting project. mr commonsense
  • Score: 4

6:18pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sorted Echo says...

Narrow minded Nimbys... makes me so angry!
Narrow minded Nimbys... makes me so angry! Sorted Echo
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

marabout says...

Words fail me.

Our elected leaders object to the future of this country merely on the objections of an amateur bird watcher, the Wessex Astronomical Society and Christchurch Sailing Club.
Words fail me. Our elected leaders object to the future of this country merely on the objections of an amateur bird watcher, the Wessex Astronomical Society and Christchurch Sailing Club. marabout
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I do wish that some commenters above would explain how we are to manage for power when the wind either stops or is too strong for the windmills to operate.
IMHO we should be looking at wave power, the tide changes twice a day with monotonous regularity and even King Knute couldn't stop it.
Would the windmills even be suggested if it wasn't for the 'humongous'' subsidies?
I do wish that some commenters above would explain how we are to manage for power when the wind either stops or is too strong for the windmills to operate. IMHO we should be looking at wave power, the tide changes twice a day with monotonous regularity and even King Knute couldn't stop it. Would the windmills even be suggested if it wasn't for the 'humongous'' subsidies? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sorted Echo says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I do wish that some commenters above would explain how we are to manage for power when the wind either stops or is too strong for the windmills to operate.
IMHO we should be looking at wave power, the tide changes twice a day with monotonous regularity and even King Knute couldn't stop it.
Would the windmills even be suggested if it wasn't for the 'humongous'' subsidies?
Yep wave power is a good solution but we need a mix of sustainable energy sources to move us beyond the fossil and fusion age.

I bet the average age of the planning committee is over 60, they lack vitality and imagination and appear to be simply furthering their own agenda... Grrrrrr!
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I do wish that some commenters above would explain how we are to manage for power when the wind either stops or is too strong for the windmills to operate. IMHO we should be looking at wave power, the tide changes twice a day with monotonous regularity and even King Knute couldn't stop it. Would the windmills even be suggested if it wasn't for the 'humongous'' subsidies?[/p][/quote]Yep wave power is a good solution but we need a mix of sustainable energy sources to move us beyond the fossil and fusion age. I bet the average age of the planning committee is over 60, they lack vitality and imagination and appear to be simply furthering their own agenda... Grrrrrr! Sorted Echo
  • Score: 7

7:00pm Tue 3 Jun 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

One kilowatt? Perhaps it's an Echo error, otherwise I don't think these people are competent to review the application.
Many of the 'Objections' are nothing whatsoever to do with the actual application.
One kilowatt? Perhaps it's an Echo error, otherwise I don't think these people are competent to review the application. Many of the 'Objections' are nothing whatsoever to do with the actual application. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: 6

8:36pm Tue 3 Jun 14

portland rebel says...

please explain, if as written in the article, they will have to build a fossil fueled power station which has to be running all be it at idle 24/7 for when the windmills cant generate power ( i would like to know how often that would be) then what is the point the only gain will be subsidies to the operator, out of our taxes or bills, and overall i bet their is little difference in the carbon footprint when you consider the support requirements and cost of offshore work.
please explain, if as written in the article, they will have to build a fossil fueled power station which has to be running all be it at idle 24/7 for when the windmills cant generate power ( i would like to know how often that would be) then what is the point the only gain will be subsidies to the operator, out of our taxes or bills, and overall i bet their is little difference in the carbon footprint when you consider the support requirements and cost of offshore work. portland rebel
  • Score: 1

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