Wind farm protests: thousands have say on Navitus Bay

MIXED OPINIONS: People gather on Swanage seafront to protest both against and in favour of the Navitus Bay wind farm

MIXED OPINIONS: People gather on Swanage seafront to protest both against and in favour of the Navitus Bay wind farm

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THOUSANDS of people have registered to have their say over the wind farm planned for the Dorset coast.

It is thought to be a record figure for such a scheme, as controversy continues to rage over the proposed Navitus Bay development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200m placed off the coast, nine miles from Swanage.

The deadline to become an interested party with the Planning Inspectorate, which will make the decision on the plans, has now passed.

Around 2,700 registrations have been made, thought to be far higher than for any other offshore wind project, and all are now available to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

Weymouth and Portland councillors are among those adding concerns to the Planning Inspectorate.

While the wind farm could boost the economy by millions and create hundreds of jobs, including potential spin-offs for Weymouth and Portland, concerns have been expressed about a range of issues including the visual impact, threats to boating and fishing and the potential impact on the area’s tourism industry.

Environmental designations could also be affected including the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the setting of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

A recent report to the borough’s planning committee said Weymouth and Portland would be unaffected by any visual impact of the scheme.

It stated: “While it is not considered that there is significant harm to the West Dorset or Weymouth and Portland areas, it is essential that the potential impacts of the Area of Outstanding natural Beauty and World Heritage Coast setting are very carefully considered as part of the examination process.”

Some groups are supporting the project including East Dorset Friends of the Earth.

Co-ordinator Angela Pooley said: “Wind farms aren’t the total answer to providing sustainable energy, but they are part of the solution.

“Therefore we hope that Navitus Bay wind farm gets approval.”

DORSET County Council has decided to cease negotiations with the developers of the Navitus Bay wind farm over a lease to enable cabling work for the project.

Officers had been in discussions with a view to granting a lease to enable cabling for the proposed offshore wind farm to run under the council-owned trailway at Avon Heath Country Park.

However, after the county council voiced its objections to the Navitus Bay scheme, members of its cabinet agreed that it would be inconsistent to continue with discussions.

Cabinet member for corporate resources Robert Gould said: “It would not be appropriate in view of our stance on the scheme itself.”

Council leader Spencer Flower suggested that if the Navitus Bay scheme was successful the developers would have to look at the a compulsory purchase if they wished to pursue their plans for the cabling.

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7:50am Thu 3 Jul 14

southwellman says...

There really is no pleasing the population here.. all the tree huggers moan we are polluting the world and the non tree huggers always moan about the price of fuel.. make your minds up what you want.
There really is no pleasing the population here.. all the tree huggers moan we are polluting the world and the non tree huggers always moan about the price of fuel.. make your minds up what you want. southwellman
  • Score: 1

9:48am Thu 3 Jul 14

andcro says...

The thing here is this development is right in the middle of what would become the largest natural auditorium (Isle of Wight, Milford on Sea, Barton on Sea, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage) you could find anywhere in the UK and in reality it brings no benefit at all to the area.

1) The jobs stated in reality won't be for any locals - we don't know anything about building wind farms although during construction some of the hotels in the area will be booked solid for a few years, this is assuming they don't use accommodation vessels moored on site (which is the norm).

2) We won't get cheaper fuel

3) There have been indications that the Navitus have been in discussions with Weymouth as an operating port - so they are not really affected at all by this development and then benefit from it, further compounding the problem.

4) The visual impact will affect not only our tourism but it has now been confirmed it will remove our Jurassic Coast World Heritage Status.

I'm a huge fan of renewable energy - but if you consider the balances here, its not in the locals favour.
The thing here is this development is right in the middle of what would become the largest natural auditorium (Isle of Wight, Milford on Sea, Barton on Sea, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage) you could find anywhere in the UK and in reality it brings no benefit at all to the area. 1) The jobs stated in reality won't be for any locals - we don't know anything about building wind farms although during construction some of the hotels in the area will be booked solid for a few years, this is assuming they don't use accommodation vessels moored on site (which is the norm). 2) We won't get cheaper fuel 3) There have been indications that the Navitus have been in discussions with Weymouth as an operating port - so they are not really affected at all by this development and then benefit from it, further compounding the problem. 4) The visual impact will affect not only our tourism but it has now been confirmed it will remove our Jurassic Coast World Heritage Status. I'm a huge fan of renewable energy - but if you consider the balances here, its not in the locals favour. andcro
  • Score: 10

3:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Mike Millett says...

The impact of this proposed development for Navitas Bay would be horrendous for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Swanage and all points between. It is far too close! It will ruin the seascape that makes this coast so loved by so many visitors (and residents). It should be 30 miles off-shore. We can manage this with North Sea oil rigs, we should be able to do the same with this industrial development.
The impact of this proposed development for Navitas Bay would be horrendous for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Swanage and all points between. It is far too close! It will ruin the seascape that makes this coast so loved by so many visitors (and residents). It should be 30 miles off-shore. We can manage this with North Sea oil rigs, we should be able to do the same with this industrial development. Mike Millett
  • Score: 5

5:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

JackJohnson says...

It's not in my back yard, so that's alright then.

Seriously, there's no way this should be as close as is planned to the World Heritage site. It should be far enough away from it to be over the horizon and not visible. It should also not be disruptive to the cruise line industry expanding along the south coast. Commercial and leisure fishing, as well as other leisure activities including diving and surface water sports deserve consideration too. There's not much point employing a couple of hundred in the wind farm industry if it's going to ruin the livelihoods of a couple of hundred (or more) in tourism and other industries.
It's not in my back yard, so that's alright then. Seriously, there's no way this should be as close as is planned to the World Heritage site. It should be far enough away from it to be over the horizon and not visible. It should also not be disruptive to the cruise line industry expanding along the south coast. Commercial and leisure fishing, as well as other leisure activities including diving and surface water sports deserve consideration too. There's not much point employing a couple of hundred in the wind farm industry if it's going to ruin the livelihoods of a couple of hundred (or more) in tourism and other industries. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

6:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

JackJohnson says...

southwellman wrote:
There really is no pleasing the population here.. all the tree huggers moan we are polluting the world and the non tree huggers always moan about the price of fuel.. make your minds up what you want.
That's the nature of large groups. In this case, especially, there's going to be conflicting opinions because there is no clear proof of who is right and who is wrong. That will only come if/when the wind farm is built by which time it will be too late to move it. The benefits could be significant, but the damage could be almost irreparable.

Personally, I think that all subsidies should be withdrawn from all wind farms. If they're so good for the developers they should stand on their own without taxpayer funding. I also think that most of the jobs created will be filled from well beyond Dorset and the south coast, whereas ALL jobs lost will be from Dorset and the south coast.
[quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: There really is no pleasing the population here.. all the tree huggers moan we are polluting the world and the non tree huggers always moan about the price of fuel.. make your minds up what you want.[/p][/quote]That's the nature of large groups. In this case, especially, there's going to be conflicting opinions because there is no clear proof of who is right and who is wrong. That will only come if/when the wind farm is built by which time it will be too late to move it. The benefits could be significant, but the damage could be almost irreparable. Personally, I think that all subsidies should be withdrawn from all wind farms. If they're so good for the developers they should stand on their own without taxpayer funding. I also think that most of the jobs created will be filled from well beyond Dorset and the south coast, whereas ALL jobs lost will be from Dorset and the south coast. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

billslycat says...

The pro-wind farm folks are well meaning, but they are naive. Industrial Wind Turbines fail as a solution to global warming, meeting our energy needs and creating jobs. It's as simple as the wind often doesn't blow at high enough speeds to spin the blades, or create significant power from the spinning. Every MW of wind energy must be matched with a MW of fossil fuel generation, called spinning reserve, to make up for the shortfall. Here are a few articles explaining this and more:
1) Energy blow as wind power fuels pollution
http://tinyurl.com/k
b43eyf
2) The dirty secret of Britain's power madness: Polluting diesel generators built in secret by foreign companies to kick in when there's no wind for turbines
http://tinyurl.com/n
fkflzx
3) Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan
http://tinyurl.com/m
wox2hj
4) Study: Wind Power Raises CO2 Emissions
http://tinyurl.com/k
3cp6lt
5) Subsidizing CO2 Emissions via Windpower: The Ultimate Irony
http://tinyurl.com/5
wwy7wq
6) Government Lab Finds Wind Energy Not Meeting Carbon Emission Goals
http://tinyurl.com/7
q5n9v9
7) Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready
http://tinyurl.com/l
grnsbm
8) AWEA Confirms Electricity Prices Skyrocketing In Largest Wind Power States
http://tinyurl.com/o
n7k5n6
And then there's the fact that wind turbines sited near people's homes severely impacts the health of many of those living close.
1) Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms of Inner Ear Problems
http://tinyurl.com/m
qxtvx8
2) Wind Turbines can be Hazardous to Human Health
http://tinyurl.com/a
mw4lxz
3) U.S. government has known about Wind Turbine Syndrome since 1987 (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
http://tinyurl.com/j
wedc37
And wind turbines kill more birds - threatened eagles, hawks, falcons, osprey, etc. - than you could ever imagine:
1) Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year!
http://tinyurl.com/d
xagmzo
2) US Wind Turbines Kill Over 600,000 Bats A Year (And Plenty Of Birds Too)
http://tinyurl.com/n
yo8ru3
Wind energy is a sham and only the wind industry, certain politicians, and their crony capitalist associates benefit. However, they are very good at sales propaganda.
The pro-wind farm folks are well meaning, but they are naive. Industrial Wind Turbines fail as a solution to global warming, meeting our energy needs and creating jobs. It's as simple as the wind often doesn't blow at high enough speeds to spin the blades, or create significant power from the spinning. Every MW of wind energy must be matched with a MW of fossil fuel generation, called spinning reserve, to make up for the shortfall. Here are a few articles explaining this and more: 1) Energy blow as wind power fuels pollution http://tinyurl.com/k b43eyf 2) The dirty secret of Britain's power madness: Polluting diesel generators built in secret by foreign companies to kick in when there's no wind for turbines http://tinyurl.com/n fkflzx 3) Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan http://tinyurl.com/m wox2hj 4) Study: Wind Power Raises CO2 Emissions http://tinyurl.com/k 3cp6lt 5) Subsidizing CO2 Emissions via Windpower: The Ultimate Irony http://tinyurl.com/5 wwy7wq 6) Government Lab Finds Wind Energy Not Meeting Carbon Emission Goals http://tinyurl.com/7 q5n9v9 7) Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready http://tinyurl.com/l grnsbm 8) AWEA Confirms Electricity Prices Skyrocketing In Largest Wind Power States http://tinyurl.com/o n7k5n6 And then there's the fact that wind turbines sited near people's homes severely impacts the health of many of those living close. 1) Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms of Inner Ear Problems http://tinyurl.com/m qxtvx8 2) Wind Turbines can be Hazardous to Human Health http://tinyurl.com/a mw4lxz 3) U.S. government has known about Wind Turbine Syndrome since 1987 (U.S. Dept. of Energy) http://tinyurl.com/j wedc37 And wind turbines kill more birds - threatened eagles, hawks, falcons, osprey, etc. - than you could ever imagine: 1) Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year! http://tinyurl.com/d xagmzo 2) US Wind Turbines Kill Over 600,000 Bats A Year (And Plenty Of Birds Too) http://tinyurl.com/n yo8ru3 Wind energy is a sham and only the wind industry, certain politicians, and their crony capitalist associates benefit. However, they are very good at sales propaganda. billslycat
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