Council objects to bay wind farm

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

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

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DORSET County Council has set out the main grounds on which it will object to the proposed Navitus Bay wind park.

A council report emphasises their concerns over the visual impact of the turbines, the impact on the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage Status and the impact on Durlston Castle.

The council also has concerns the chalk seabed is not suitable for turbine foundations, concerns over the loss of habitat and the impact on tourism.

The report, by the head of planning, will go to Dorset County Council’s regulatory committee on Friday, September 5.

If committee members agree, it will then go to the examining authority by October 6 for consideration during the six-month examination of the Navitus Bay application.

The report states: “The developer has played down the adverse landscape and visual impact of the project in a highly sensitive setting.”

And it continues: “There is genuine public and business concern about the visual impact of the proposed wind park.

“Many feel that the photomontage visualisations accompanying the application do not represent the worst case scenario and therefore fail to provide a realistic indication of what the wind park may look like.”

Dorset County Council also plans to ask the examining authority to consider the issues of bird migration, noise, the effect of turbines on the microclimate, the potential impacts of electromagnetic radiation and the impacts on recreational sailing and commercial fishing.

It is also set to ask the examining authority to test the developer’s assertion that the wind farm will provide 970 MW of power.

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2:37pm Sat 23 Aug 14

La Vigneron says...

Surly the greater community at large should decide whether they would like possibly cheaper electricity rather than a council which, although 'voted for' to represent the community, rarely does so. Too many parochial interests collide in the council.
Surly the greater community at large should decide whether they would like possibly cheaper electricity rather than a council which, although 'voted for' to represent the community, rarely does so. Too many parochial interests collide in the council. La Vigneron
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Sat 23 Aug 14

mr commonsense says...

Another cop out from our so called elected representatives. Nobody asked for my views and the list of objections raised are all non provable, they are subjective and without scientific evidence.
We badly need additional energy sources and this scheme is but one of them.
Another cop out from our so called elected representatives. Nobody asked for my views and the list of objections raised are all non provable, they are subjective and without scientific evidence. We badly need additional energy sources and this scheme is but one of them. mr commonsense
  • Score: 5

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