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Last chance to have your say on wind farm
DORSET residents have just a few more weeks to have their final say on the wind farm proposed for the coast.
Both the firm behind the Navitus Bay scheme and the main opposition group, Challenge Navitus, have urged people to take their last chance before a planning application is made in the spring.
Controversy has raged over the plans, with the photographic visualisations of the proposals a major bone of contention.
As the final round of public exhibitions got underway in Christchurch on Thursday, Challenge Navitus urged people to look at a new range of videos on its own website, which it says give a better idea than photomontages.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Navitus Bay Development Limited’s project director, Mike Unsworth, said people for, against or undecided should have their say He added: “It’s the culmination of three years of environmental impact assessments, so we’re giving the public sight of that. Where we have identified impacts we have suggested mitigations.
“There is a huge range of topics covered.”
The public has until October 11 to comment. A planning decision is due in mid-2015.
Mr Unsworth added: “It’s still a way off, it’s not guaranteed consent, it’s not a foregone conclusion and it’s up to us to prove the merits of the project.”
The scheme would see a maximum of 218 turbines placed 12 miles away from Bournemouth, but Mr Unsworth said the number, type and height – a maximum of 200m is planned – would be decided closer to construction as technology was advancing quickly.
He added that opinion polls conducted over the past three years had shown a 75 per cent support for the plans.
Dr Andrew Langley of Challenge Navitus said: “Our videos, which combine proper photographic backgrounds with moving turbine blades and higher contrast than printed images, give a more accurate perception of the wind farm.”
“We would urge people to do a direct comparison among the videos, the real views and NBDL’s visuals. You will need an HDTV or a high-definition monitor to see these videos properly.
“Visual impact is just one of many damaging effects Navitus Bay would have on our region, but it is a critically important one. We encourage everyone to take part in this last stage of consultation before NBDL applies for consent.”
All the information relating to the project can be seen at navitusbaywindpark.co.uk, while Challenge Navitus’ website is at challengenavitus.org.uk.
Further public exhibitions are being held at: St Edwards Church Hall, Swanage, Tuesday, September 17, 2-8pm.
The Lighthouse, Poole, Wednesday, September 18, 2-8pm.
West Moors Memorial Hall, Thursday, September 19, 2-8pm.
New Milton Community Centre, Friday, September 20, 2-8pm.
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