Helicopter to show residents just how far and high Navitus Wind Farm could be

Bournemouth Echo: PROJECT: What the Navitus Bay wind farm could look like from the West Cliff PROJECT: What the Navitus Bay wind farm could look like from the West Cliff

DORSET residents will be able to see for themselves just how high the wind turbines for the proposed park off the coast will be.

Developer Navitus Bay Development Limited, which is a joint venture between Dutch firm Eneco and energy giant EDF, has agreed to a request from Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood to commission a helicopter to hover at agreed heights and distances from the town’s coastline.

The project has come up against intense opposition in some quarters, with fears over its effects on tourism and its visual and environment impacts topping the list.

Mr Ellwood said: “This one-off event would allow residents and visitors to visualise for themselves whether 100, 150 and 200-metre-high turbines can been seen from nine, 12 and 15 miles away.

“As Bournemouth – and the wider area – is so heavily dependent on tourism, residents and businesses are deeply concerned out the visual impact a wind farm might have on our local economy.

“The company has, to date, produced a number of computerised images of what the proposed new turbines would look like when seen from the beach, but these have not been received with any degree of reliability.

“The date – likely to be on a weekend in March – and full parameters of the exercise have yet to be determined, but it will be well advertised so residents and the media have time take their own pictures and make up their own minds as to what the visual impact might be.”

Formal consultation on the project has now concluded and the firm is gearing up to submit its planning application to the Government in the spring. It is running some informal information sessions this week.

Mike Unsworth, project director at Navitus Bay, said: “We appreciate that there are some remaining concerns about the visual impact of the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park, and as a responsible developer, we’ve always gone the extra mile to address these concerns.

“In order to demonstrate the distance that the development would be from the shore, we are indeed looking into staging a helicopter demonstration. However, this could not happen until spring at the earliest, when the weather conditions are more suitable and safer as a result.”

  • Exhibitions will take place: Today, 10am to 1pm, Lighthouse, Poole; Tomorrow, 3pm to 6pm, St Edwards Church Hall, Swanage; Thursday, Jan 23, 10am to 1pm, West Moors Library; Thursday, Jan 23, 3pm to 6pm, Menzies Carlton Hotel, East Overcliff, Bournemouth; Friday, Jan 24, 10am to 1pm, New Milton Community Centre; Friday, Jan 24, 3pm to 6pm, Captain’s Club Hotel, Christchurch.

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6:26am Wed 22 Jan 14

Former MEXE apprentice says...

Just one helicopter hovering at the appropriate height and distance? Surely It would need a couple of squadrons of helicopters suitably space to demonstrate the full visual impact!
Just one helicopter hovering at the appropriate height and distance? Surely It would need a couple of squadrons of helicopters suitably space to demonstrate the full visual impact! Former MEXE apprentice
  • Score: 6

6:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

retry69 says...

It looks fine to me in the photograph no need for flying helicopters.Wait hang on! No its ok a little dust on the screen, had me worried for a minute.Build it,move on. NEXT !!!!
It looks fine to me in the photograph no need for flying helicopters.Wait hang on! No its ok a little dust on the screen, had me worried for a minute.Build it,move on. NEXT !!!! retry69
  • Score: 4

7:47am Wed 22 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

retry69 wrote:
It looks fine to me in the photograph no need for flying helicopters.Wait hang on! No its ok a little dust on the screen, had me worried for a minute.Build it,move on. NEXT !!!!
What you saw was effect of static electricity.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: It looks fine to me in the photograph no need for flying helicopters.Wait hang on! No its ok a little dust on the screen, had me worried for a minute.Build it,move on. NEXT !!!![/p][/quote]What you saw was effect of static electricity. Lord Spring
  • Score: -12

8:15am Wed 22 Jan 14

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
retry69 wrote:
It looks fine to me in the photograph no need for flying helicopters.Wait hang on! No its ok a little dust on the screen, had me worried for a minute.Build it,move on. NEXT !!!!
What you saw was effect of static electricity.
LOL ,I though I had upset you with my comment of going upstairs the other day as you have shown me a cold shoulder since.I assume the helicopter will be flying on its side so we get the visual effect of a turbine and I actually find it hard to take the request from Mr Ellwood seriously surely he has more pressing things that need his attention?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: It looks fine to me in the photograph no need for flying helicopters.Wait hang on! No its ok a little dust on the screen, had me worried for a minute.Build it,move on. NEXT !!!![/p][/quote]What you saw was effect of static electricity.[/p][/quote]LOL ,I though I had upset you with my comment of going upstairs the other day as you have shown me a cold shoulder since.I assume the helicopter will be flying on its side so we get the visual effect of a turbine and I actually find it hard to take the request from Mr Ellwood seriously surely he has more pressing things that need his attention? retry69
  • Score: 0

8:28am Wed 22 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

What is the point? If when they do it you can't see the helicopter the objectors will just find some excuse or another reason for being against it, hopefully the one that proves its massively expensive and an unreliable energy source, but in all probability they'll just come up with another NIMBY excuse?
If they can see it then thats not going to make a blind bit of difference because Enco already have Government and Crown Estate approval and don't need to pamper to the local residents on the shore.
What is the point? If when they do it you can't see the helicopter the objectors will just find some excuse or another reason for being against it, hopefully the one that proves its massively expensive and an unreliable energy source, but in all probability they'll just come up with another NIMBY excuse? If they can see it then thats not going to make a blind bit of difference because Enco already have Government and Crown Estate approval and don't need to pamper to the local residents on the shore. BarrHumbug
  • Score: -7

8:52am Wed 22 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

It will need a 200 metre weighted Hi Viz "sash" to show a true perspective of visual impact at the different distances and heights.
It will need a 200 metre weighted Hi Viz "sash" to show a true perspective of visual impact at the different distances and heights. BIGTONE
  • Score: 5

10:04am Wed 22 Jan 14

retry69 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
What is the point? If when they do it you can't see the helicopter the objectors will just find some excuse or another reason for being against it, hopefully the one that proves its massively expensive and an unreliable energy source, but in all probability they'll just come up with another NIMBY excuse?
If they can see it then thats not going to make a blind bit of difference because Enco already have Government and Crown Estate approval and don't need to pamper to the local residents on the shore.
Exactly, no point what so ever, the idea of putting a helicopter up is such a ridiculous exercise whoever thought of it wants suspending from said aircraft with a big fecking sign round their neck,and commenters on here wonder why some don't take this issue serious enough, I think perhaps this is a prime example as to why.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: What is the point? If when they do it you can't see the helicopter the objectors will just find some excuse or another reason for being against it, hopefully the one that proves its massively expensive and an unreliable energy source, but in all probability they'll just come up with another NIMBY excuse? If they can see it then thats not going to make a blind bit of difference because Enco already have Government and Crown Estate approval and don't need to pamper to the local residents on the shore.[/p][/quote]Exactly, no point what so ever, the idea of putting a helicopter up is such a ridiculous exercise whoever thought of it wants suspending from said aircraft with a big fecking sign round their neck,and commenters on here wonder why some don't take this issue serious enough, I think perhaps this is a prime example as to why. retry69
  • Score: 2

11:14am Wed 22 Jan 14

RooToo42 says...

I guess it will give a little indication of distance and scale, though I do hope they use a big enough helicopter to give a proper representation.
I'd actually like to see them hire one of the mobile sea platforms and station it in position to give people a sense of distance. I'd guarantee that most of the nimbies opposing the wind farm would need to use binoculars to see it, or at least dig their driving glasses out of the glove box!
I guess it will give a little indication of distance and scale, though I do hope they use a big enough helicopter to give a proper representation. I'd actually like to see them hire one of the mobile sea platforms and station it in position to give people a sense of distance. I'd guarantee that most of the nimbies opposing the wind farm would need to use binoculars to see it, or at least dig their driving glasses out of the glove box! RooToo42
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Serious questions, who is paying for all this PR stuff? Has any UK public subsidy money already been passed to these 'Navitus' wind farm promoters and if so how much?

Fascinating if these foreign firms are already using UK public subsidies to persuade us to favour their hugely controversial 'green' scheme - and thus allow them to profit substantially from further massive UK public subsidies.
Serious questions, who is paying for all this PR stuff? Has any UK public subsidy money already been passed to these 'Navitus' wind farm promoters and if so how much? Fascinating if these foreign firms are already using UK public subsidies to persuade us to favour their hugely controversial 'green' scheme - and thus allow them to profit substantially from further massive UK public subsidies. muscliffman
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

Why don't they give all the NIMBYS a pair of binoculars so they can make it out get on a build it its going to happen anyway
Why don't they give all the NIMBYS a pair of binoculars so they can make it out get on a build it its going to happen anyway bobsworthforever
  • Score: 1

12:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

What a load of old tosh - you can't see anything. When will the eco-mentalists stop whinging?
What a load of old tosh - you can't see anything. When will the eco-mentalists stop whinging? Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 6

4:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

jtwoody says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
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wrote:
What a load of old tosh - you can't see anything. When will the eco-mentalists stop whinging?
Well, there's nothing out there yet.
When there is, you won't miss it.
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: What a load of old tosh - you can't see anything. When will the eco-mentalists stop whinging?[/p][/quote]Well, there's nothing out there yet. When there is, you won't miss it. jtwoody
  • Score: 1

11:41am Thu 23 Jan 14

Azphreal says...

where have a helicopter the same size as a wind turbine?
where have a helicopter the same size as a wind turbine? Azphreal
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Just build it and get on with fracking in the hills south of Swanage. Isn't that what the Chelsea tractor brigade say?

And, when all the energy is taken away, little of the profits will find its way back to Purbeck. Swanage is quite used to having the advantage taken from it.
Just build it and get on with fracking in the hills south of Swanage. Isn't that what the Chelsea tractor brigade say? And, when all the energy is taken away, little of the profits will find its way back to Purbeck. Swanage is quite used to having the advantage taken from it. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

TOM AND JANE says...

Navitus are applying to erect a weather platform close to the area. It should be erected on the northern tip of their proposed farm composing a turbine tower the size they propose to use. It can then be used at a later date if permission is granted. Only this way can the public really see what it will look like bearing in mind there will of course be another 180 or so of them.
Navitus are applying to erect a weather platform close to the area. It should be erected on the northern tip of their proposed farm composing a turbine tower the size they propose to use. It can then be used at a later date if permission is granted. Only this way can the public really see what it will look like bearing in mind there will of course be another 180 or so of them. TOM AND JANE
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