Navitus goes hi-tech to woo new support

Bournemouth Echo: The last in a series of consultation events for the Navitus Bay wind Farm at St Edward’s Church Hall in Swanage The last in a series of consultation events for the Navitus Bay wind Farm at St Edward’s Church Hall in Swanage

HUNDREDS of people poured through the doors of Swanage’s St Edwards Church Hall to scrutinise the latest proposals for a sprawling wind farm planned off the Jurassic Coast.

The Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL) exhibition, the last in a recent string of public consultation events on the controversial scheme, featured information boards, an interactive 3D model and the chance for residents to speak directly to wind farm representatives.

Navitus Bay wind farm, a joint venture by Dutch company Eneco and French power firm EDF Energy, could include up to 218 turbines.

Wind farm bosses scaled down the maximum from 333 in December, but each could still tower up to 200 metres high.

Opponents fear the offshore plant will spell disaster for the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, jeopardise Swanage’s tourism economy and affect wildlife and shipping.

However, supporters – including East Dorset Friends of the Earth – believe ventures such as Navitus Bay may prove instrumental in harnessing green energy and staving off an environmental crisis.

Swanage resident Roger Brewster, who attended Wednesday’s exhibition, said: “I’d rather have this than a coal-fired or atomic power station on my doorstep.

“So I’m for it in principle. My only concerns are will it threaten our world heritage status and what will happen to the turbines after they reach the end of their working lives?”

Meanwhile, Stewart Buenfeld of Swanage, said: “I appreciate the need for renewable energy but my concern is the site.

“This is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are too many turbines and it is in the wrong place.”

Challenge Navitus, the Swanage-based opposition group in attendance outside the exhibition, has challenged the validity of the project’s official 3D model.

Mike Unsworth, NBDL project director, said the model had proved popular during the consultation events.

But Dr Andrew Langley, a scientist in mathematical modelling who co-founded Challenge Navitus, believes it is flawed.

“One key point is that the resolution of NBDL’s 3D display is less than one sixth of what the human eye can resolve, so the turbines are much less visible than they should be,” he said. “It is a bit like seeing something out of focus.”

So the opposition group has published video footage of how it thinks the wind farm will look on its website.

NBDL stress all their models have been formed using accurate terrain mapping, aerial images and engineering drawings to industry standard.

If permitted, the park will be 9.1 miles from the Swanage coast.

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2:37pm Sat 16 Feb 13

muscliffman says...

"Navitus goes hi-tech to woo new support"
We are getting there, now awaiting the next headline 'Goes to another Country far away' - and scam that one's Government out of their hard earnt taxpayers money, in the name of inefficient and expensive un-'green' energy.
Job then done.
"Navitus goes hi-tech to woo new support" We are getting there, now awaiting the next headline 'Goes to another Country far away' - and scam that one's Government out of their hard earnt taxpayers money, in the name of inefficient and expensive un-'green' energy. Job then done. muscliffman

3:42pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Turtlebay says...

Why not put it on the shore of New Zealand, we have their non working surf reef, they can have our ugly wind farm.
Why not put it on the shore of New Zealand, we have their non working surf reef, they can have our ugly wind farm. Turtlebay

8:04pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Dr Strangelove says...

Can't wait for this to be up and running. We could have an incinerator sorry waste to energy or is the current spin energy from waste plant in Bournemouth, good place for the old IMAX site.
Can't wait for this to be up and running. We could have an incinerator sorry waste to energy or is the current spin energy from waste plant in Bournemouth, good place for the old IMAX site. Dr Strangelove

11:39am Sun 17 Feb 13

Hessenford says...

This story is becoming a weekly soap opera, cant wait for the next installment.
This story is becoming a weekly soap opera, cant wait for the next installment. Hessenford

11:58am Tue 19 Feb 13

A N Archist says...

I was there - hundreds? nah.
I was there - hundreds? nah. A N Archist

5:28pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Purbeckboy says...

We all moan about potholes in the road, but if you want renewables then you have to accept that our roads will become more dangerous. Tarmac is a byproduct of our use of oil.Our reduced use of oil has put the price up dramatically and will continue to do so. If you are a cyclist be prepared to find more potholes in your path and take care.
We all moan about potholes in the road, but if you want renewables then you have to accept that our roads will become more dangerous. Tarmac is a byproduct of our use of oil.Our reduced use of oil has put the price up dramatically and will continue to do so. If you are a cyclist be prepared to find more potholes in your path and take care. Purbeckboy

2:51pm Sun 24 Feb 13

warehamguy says...

I really hope this project goes ahead and that all the NIMBYism dies out very soon.

No need for all this rubbish about potholes in the road...totally unrelated and just a very uneducated attempt to sway negativity towards renewable energy. I work in the industry.
I really hope this project goes ahead and that all the NIMBYism dies out very soon. No need for all this rubbish about potholes in the road...totally unrelated and just a very uneducated attempt to sway negativity towards renewable energy. I work in the industry. warehamguy

11:21am Mon 25 Feb 13

Purbeckboy says...

I would be quite happy to have a windfarm in my back garden if it made sense, but to create an artificial situation where I am taxed in order to give you a job and to ignore everything else, like World Heritage Sites is just not on. Okay potholes might not be a deciding factor in the case, but is just another little thing we have to endure to keep you in a job!
I would be quite happy to have a windfarm in my back garden if it made sense, but to create an artificial situation where I am taxed in order to give you a job and to ignore everything else, like World Heritage Sites is just not on. Okay potholes might not be a deciding factor in the case, but is just another little thing we have to endure to keep you in a job! Purbeckboy

12:03pm Fri 8 Mar 13

geoffrey says...

Since some people don't like the look of wind farms, why not put them somewhere that no sensible, reasonable person could object to --like 9 miles offshore?
Since some people don't like the look of wind farms, why not put them somewhere that no sensible, reasonable person could object to --like 9 miles offshore? geoffrey

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