CONSTRUCTION of the planned wind farm in Poole Bay will create around 1,000 jobs, according to the firm behind the controversial proposals.

Eneco says new jobs will be just one of the positive spin-offs with up to 820,000 homes benefitting from the giant turbines generating renewable energy.

It also says independent experts will produce images of how the farm will look.

Earlier this week civic planners voiced fears over the effect the wind park could have on Bournemouth’s world famous views and micro climate as well as concerns over beach replenishment and traffic caused during construction work.

In a bid to reassure councillors and local residents, Navitus Bay project director Mike Unsworth told the Daily Echo that his team “remain committed to engaging with local groups and interested individuals including local councils”.

He added: “We will be conducting a statutory consultation with our stakeholders around our plans and, in the spirit of an open and transparent conversation, welcome their feedback.”

As well as creating 1,000 jobs during its construction, once completed, the wind park is expected to provide service and maintenance work for more than 100 people.

Mr Unsworth said that as well as consulting “stakeholders”, the company would be holding public exhibitions this autumn and reviewing “all feedback.”

He added: “We are working hard to reassure concerned parties by sharing information around the development.

“For example we are creating accurate scale visualisations which have been developed by independent experts.”