Fears raised over Navitus wind farm plan

Wind park protestors at Swanage

Wind park protestors at Swanage

First published in News

CONCERNS have been raised about the impact a planned wind farm could have on Weymouth and Portland’s economy.

Councillors on Weymouth and Portland Borough council’s planning and traffic committee discussed their submission to the Planning Inspectorate in respect to the proposed Navitus Bay wind park.

A report put before councillors highlighted the potential benefits the wind park could bring to the area and also discussed the importance of ensuring that environmental constraints had been properly considered.

The report stated that there could be jobs brought to the area if the borough secured longer term operation, maintenance and servicing contracts. It stated: “Subject to competition with other ports, this could lead to the addition of 20 to 210 long term jobs and £5 million to £32 million gross value added, which would be significant contributions to the local economy.”

However, the report also highlighted that while the environmental impact of the scheme on Weymouth and Portland were not considered to be significant, designations could be affected including the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the setting of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Councillors agreed to add in their concerns, including those about the potential impact on the fishing industry and recreational sailing to the Planning Inspectorate submission.

Stewart Pearson said: “I am very much in favour of renewable energy, but I have some questions about Navitus Bay and their proposed scheme.”

He said he wanted to know if the wind park would affect liners visiting Portland Port and if they had to detour round would they still visit the area. He asked whether sailors would visit the area if their sailing waters were restricted by the ‘metal trees.’ He also asked if ferry services would be affected.

He said: “At the end of the day there’s going to be vast profits for Navitus Bay out of this scheme. What’s in it for Dorset and the people of Dorset?”

Cllr Paul Kimber said that he was concerned about the Jurassic coastline and the fishing industry but added that he was mindful that locally they were on the verge of meeting power needs and that the South West was a net importer of energy from elsewhere.

Cllr Margaret Leicester said she believed the wind farm should be further off shore.

She added: “There’s far more to it than what’s being portrayed in this report.”

Chairman Mark Tewkesbury raised concerns that the wind farm would be built outside the area and brought into the area and wouldn’t bring local jobs.

The Planning Inspectorate has received 2,700 represntations about the wind park proposals.

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12:18pm Sat 28 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

As the article states ' The report stated that there could be jobs brought to the area'. It is all 'could be' and 'migh't, like saying that Portland Port 'could be used' and elsewhere it says that other ports along the coast 'could be used'. I do not believe that the people behind this scheme to get subsidies haven't done their sums and so know exactly which port they will use. As for jobs, if the people here had the requisite skills, they are unlikely to be staying in the area and have probably gone elsewhere to earn a living, they are not sitting at home waiting for this scheme to get the go-ahead.
As the article states ' The report stated that there could be jobs brought to the area'. It is all 'could be' and 'migh't, like saying that Portland Port 'could be used' and elsewhere it says that other ports along the coast 'could be used'. I do not believe that the people behind this scheme to get subsidies haven't done their sums and so know exactly which port they will use. As for jobs, if the people here had the requisite skills, they are unlikely to be staying in the area and have probably gone elsewhere to earn a living, they are not sitting at home waiting for this scheme to get the go-ahead. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 6

1:23pm Sat 28 Jun 14

annotater says...

When they decide to build this monstrosity and the fishing has been killed off with ecology dead, there will be no going back!
When they decide to build this monstrosity and the fishing has been killed off with ecology dead, there will be no going back! annotater
  • Score: -6

6:35pm Sat 28 Jun 14

arlbergbahn says...

What a load of nonsense people do talk. "He said he wanted to know if the wind park would affect liners visiting Portland Port and if they had to detour round would they still visit the area". No, they'd put it right outside the entrance to the harbour so nothing could come in & out, what do you think, plonker.
What a load of nonsense people do talk. "He said he wanted to know if the wind park would affect liners visiting Portland Port and if they had to detour round would they still visit the area". No, they'd put it right outside the entrance to the harbour so nothing could come in & out, what do you think, plonker. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 1

3:02pm Sun 29 Jun 14

weymouthfox says...

This ecological monstrosity will certainly blight the wonderful sea views from Swanage Bay and threaten tourism in a big way. The carrot is being held out that a few jobs may be created at Portland, but I don't see any other benefits.
This ecological monstrosity will certainly blight the wonderful sea views from Swanage Bay and threaten tourism in a big way. The carrot is being held out that a few jobs may be created at Portland, but I don't see any other benefits. weymouthfox
  • Score: 0

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