Council outlines objections to Navitus Bay

NOT HERE: People gather on Swanage seafront to protest

NOT HERE: People gather on Swanage seafront to protest

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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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8:21am Sat 23 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

If Central Government want it they will get it. Too many fingers in the pie.
If Central Government want it they will get it. Too many fingers in the pie. BIGTONE
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8:36am Sat 23 Aug 14

Townee says...

Why is it that the Echo always prints the negative side of this story. Me thinks it is the editors View in a bit to sway the argument to the way he/she thinks it should go.
Newspaper have a duty to print unbiased facts so the reader can make up their own minds.
Why is it that the Echo always prints the negative side of this story. Me thinks it is the editors View in a bit to sway the argument to the way he/she thinks it should go. Newspaper have a duty to print unbiased facts so the reader can make up their own minds. Townee
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Sat 23 Aug 14

boardsandphotos says...

Townee wrote:
Why is it that the Echo always prints the negative side of this story. Me thinks it is the editors View in a bit to sway the argument to the way he/she thinks it should go.
Newspaper have a duty to print unbiased facts so the reader can make up their own minds.
It's a completely objective report, the reporter has not added her own thoughts or opinions merely explained the objections process and added quotes from various people who are involved in the project. It's a repot on the objections process it's bound to come across as negative if you are all for the windfarm but that's your own bias, not that of the reporter.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Why is it that the Echo always prints the negative side of this story. Me thinks it is the editors View in a bit to sway the argument to the way he/she thinks it should go. Newspaper have a duty to print unbiased facts so the reader can make up their own minds.[/p][/quote]It's a completely objective report, the reporter has not added her own thoughts or opinions merely explained the objections process and added quotes from various people who are involved in the project. It's a repot on the objections process it's bound to come across as negative if you are all for the windfarm but that's your own bias, not that of the reporter. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 1

1:26pm Sat 23 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

What a load of tosh. All the DCC listing have been talked about, adjudicated and accepted. However, like DCC, the Daily Echo only the negative responses by those who refuse to accept we need alternative energy. It will be unlikely, or very hard to see the wind farm from shore. Any underground work will be bored thus not leaving scars. The seabed must be suitable. Does not anyone realise that Navies would not be going ahead using millions of pounds without having done surveys.if you think so, you have lost it.
What a load of tosh. All the DCC listing have been talked about, adjudicated and accepted. However, like DCC, the Daily Echo only the negative responses by those who refuse to accept we need alternative energy. It will be unlikely, or very hard to see the wind farm from shore. Any underground work will be bored thus not leaving scars. The seabed must be suitable. Does not anyone realise that Navies would not be going ahead using millions of pounds without having done surveys.if you think so, you have lost it. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

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