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Monday, 9 September 2013

Beach with a Turbine View

Challenge Navitus are opposing the offshore wind farm proposed between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight.
The coast from Purbeck in Dorset to the south of the Isle of Wight surrounding Poole Bay is rightly valued. Challenge Navitus state that: ‘Expansive views escape the intrusion of man-made structures, and it is a popular destination for those wanting to “get away from it all”. That could change if the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm is built by Dutch & French companies, Eneco & EDF (Navitus Bay Development Limited) as it is currently proposed.
This offshore wind farm would be the world's biggest if it were operating today. It would lie between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight, to the south of a line from St. Aldhelm's Head to St. Catherine's Point. It would occupy an area bigger than Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch put together and contain up to 218 turbines Turbines up to 200m (656ft) tall are currently planned, taller than Salisbury Cathedral, the Bournemouth Eye or the Spinnaker Tower. The farm would be highly visible from all around the region, but especially from Durlston, Swanage, Sandbanks, Bournemouth, Hengistbury Head and the Needles area of the Isle of Wight.’
Perhaps not a great new tourist attraction for Milford on Sea.
Challenge Navitus have published brand new video-simulations on their website: for Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Studland beach, Ballard Down, Swanage and Worth Matravers. In the new videos, they have adopted turbine arrays that are as close as possible to the developer’s 8MW and 5MW layouts, so that you can compare the videos with the developer’s images more easily. You will need an HDTV or a high resolution monitor to see the videos properly – on small screens the turbines will just blur out. Make sure you view them "full screen" by clicking on the "box" symbol at the right hand side of the toolbar in the video frame after it starts playing.
Challenge Navitus say: ‘Visual impact is just one of the many impacts this development would have on our region, but it is an important one. We encourage everyone to take part in this last stage of public consultation (ends October 11th) before the developer applies for consent. It is especially important to encourage your friends to write to the developer with their views and to sign up on our website. This is not a “done deal” and together we can hopefully stop this badly placed and badly planned industrial project from proceeding in its current form. But we need you to do your bit by registering your concerns with the developer.’

You can see how the Navitus Windfarm will look from Milford on Sea by clicking here.
As part of the final period of Public Consultation (from September 2nd to October 11th 2013), the following public exhibitions are taking place should you fancy going along to discover more.

Public Exhibition dates:

Friday 13 September, 2-8pm Lymington Community Centre, Fuller/Mclellan Hall, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BQ

Friday 20th September, 2-8pm New Milton Community Centre, Osborne Road, New Milton, BH25 6EA

Challenge Navitus

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