Navitus Bay invites the public to meet the offshore wind park project team

The latest round of public drop in sessions on the proposed Navitus Bay windfarm will begin today in Dorset.

Eight lots of three-hour events are being held in eight different

locations across the south coast region to give local communities an

opportunity to learn more about the development, which if granted

planning permission, could see work begin in 2015.

It follows a series of public exhibitions in

February and comes as Navitus Bay prepares for the next round of

community consultation in September.

Mike Unsworth, Project Director of Navitus Bay, said: ‘Navitus Bay is committed to communicating honestly and openly with

members of the public to ensure that they are given as much information

as possible about the proposed wind park, which will deliver significant

economic benefits to the local community.

‘We have been carrying out comprehensive consultation with the

community since 2010.

‘As a result of the feedback we have gathered to

date, we have scaled back the project and moved the northern boundary

further away from the shore.

‘We are still listening and will continue to act on the feedback we

receive. We would therefore encourage as many people as possible to come

to these sessions to hear more about our proposals and to make their

views known.’

Sessions began this morning at St Edwards Church Hall, Swanage and will continue this afternoon from 2pm to 5pm in Room 3b, at the RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole.


Forthcoming sessions:

Thursday 27 June:

9am to 12pm, Riviera Suite, Menzies Carlton Hotel, East Overcliff Grove Road, Bournemouth, Dorset.

2pm to 5pm, West Moors Pavilion, Fryer Field, Bond Avenue, West Moors.

Wednesday 3 July:

9am to 12pm , Hope Jones Room, Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington.

2pm to 5pm,

Phase 3 Lounge, The Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR

Thursday 4 July:

9am to 12pm, New Milton Town Hall, 2 Ashley Road, New Milton, BH25 6AS

2pm to 5pm, Georgian Lounge, The Kings Arms, 18 Castle Street, Christchurch, BH23 1DT

Challenge Navitus

The campaign group, Challenge Navitus, which opposes the windfarm proposal has today announced that emerging guidance on

wind farm visualisations supports its mages of ‘the huge

Navitus Bay wind farm off the coasts of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of

Wight.’

The current

guidelines, as used by developer Navitus Bay Development Limited (NBDL), have been criticised for permitting visualisations that can misrepresent the

scale and distance of developments.

In February, following

the third round of public consultation, Challenge Navitus and local community

leaders condemned NBDL’s visuals for understating the impact of the giant

turbines when viewed from the coast.

Scottish Natural

Heritage, which was responsible for the current guidance, has recently

published a draft revision which calls for images at precisely the scale used

by Challenge Navitus.

The same

format has already been officially adopted by the Highland Council which has

much experience of wind farms in Scotland.

Dr

Andrew Langley of Challenge Navitus, said: ‘At last, it looks

like the improved methods are making their way into national advice.

‘While visual impact is just one issue,

this wind farm would have a very significant effect on our seascape, so it is

important to know how it might look.

‘At the moment, only our website, www.challengenavitus.org.uk

has reference images of this radical proposal in line with the latest

developments in guidance’

He added: ‘It’s up to NBDL to

follow suit. We are concerned that many people may already

have been swayed by images that do not give a proper perception of scale and

distance.

‘We encourage everyone to compare our images with NBDL’s, preferably

on site, to judge for themselves.’

Find out more about the Navitus Bay Wind Park scheme at www.navitusbaywindpark.co.uk

(Pictures show the a Navitus Bay Development Limited artist impression and map above and the Challenge Navitus artist impression below)