The Government’s Planning Inspectorate has closed the examination of the application for the Navitus Bay Wind Park project, comprising up to 194 turbines.
The Examining Authority completed its examination of this application at midnight last night.
The panel will now report to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on or before 11 June 2015, who is expected to make a decision on or before 11 September 2015.
Two versions of Navitus Bay Development Limited’s proposed scheme are being considered: A mitigation plan for a maximum of 105 turbines and a reduced turbine area from 153sq km to 79sq km, plus the original application for up to 194, 200m-tall wind turbines.
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A spokesman for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) said: ‘The examination started six months ago and the RYA has responded at every stage to the developer’s proposals.
‘Many of the points of concern for recreational boating have been resolved to our satisfaction.
‘Over the past 12 years the RYA has worked closely with the maritime community (notably the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the General Lighthouse Authorities, the Chamber of Shipping, and the UK Major Ports Group) in an effort to limit the impact of offshore renewable developments on the navigational rights and safety of recreational boating.’