UK public consultation in February 2013 for planned 218 turbine wind farm between Guernsey and Poole

January 12th, 2013 by Navitus Bay Development Limited

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From the 1 February 2013, members of the public are being given an opportunity to view and comment on the latest plans for the proposed wind park off the Dorset coast.

Navitus Bay Development Limited (Navitus Bay) is committed to hearing the views of the local community and so far has talked to over 2,000 members of the public during its two previous phases of consultation.

As a result of the feedback received, it announced plans to move the development further out to sea and make it smaller in scale.

Phase Three of Navitus Bay’s comprehensive public consultation programme will start on the 1 February 2013 and run until 5 April 2013.

As part of this process, a series of public exhibitions will be hosted in locations across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, following those held in November 2011 and March 2012.

Members of the project team will be available to talk through the plans and answer any questions that people might have.

Mike Unsworth, Project Director for Navitus Bay Development Limited, said “Navitus Bay takes its engagement with local communities extremely seriously and is committed to using feedback received from the community to help shape the proposals.”

“As a direct result of discussions with statutory consultees and local communities, we have reduced the size of the wind park and moved it further out to sea and are now looking forward to discussing the latest detailed plans.”

“The exhibitions in February 2013 are just one of the ways that we hope to work together with the local community,” he said.

“We are also launching a new and interactive project website in February 2013 where people can access all the latest news and proposals, leave feedback and ask questions.”

“Navitus Bay has always said that no decisions will be made without comprehensive consultation with all interested parties so we would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the process and give us their views.”

Phase Three of Navitus Bay’s consultation will provide additional details on the changes to the project announced in December, along with visualisations of how the wind park could look from the coast.

It will also include an interactive 3D model, enabling members of the public to view the wind park from any location of their choosing.

Consultation documents will be available to collect at the public exhibitions and will also be available for collection from public libraries for the duration of the consultation period.

It will be the first opportunity for members of the public to view the proposed onshore underground cable route, which will transfer the electricity generated offshore in to the national network.

In a typical year, based on an approximate maximum installed capacity of 1,100 MW, the scheme could generate enough electricity for the domestic needs of the equivalent of around 790,000 average UK households (based on average consumption per UK household of 4,370 kWh per year (source DECC)), and could offset approximately 1,150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year (based on a figure of 339 grams CO2/kWh, calculated using Renewable UK’s “CO2 Reduction (pa) in Tonnes” methodology.

Public exhibitions will be held at the following locations between 1 and 13 February 2013:

  • West Moors Memorial Hall, 231 Station Road, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0HZ, Friday 1 February 2013, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Bournemouth International Centre, Bourne Lounge, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH, Saturday 2 February, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • RNLI Lifeboat College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ, Wednesday 6 February, 2.00 pm to 8.00pm
  • New Milton Community Centre, Osborne Road, New Milton, BH25 6EA, Thursday 7 February, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Lymington Community Centre, Fuller/McLellan Hall, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ, Friday 8 February, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Cowes Yacht Haven, Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BD, Saturday 9 February, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Christchurch Council Chambers, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AX, Tuesday 12 February, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm;
  • St Edwards Church Hall, Victoria Avenue, Swanage, BH19 1AH, Wednesday 13 February, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Navitus Bay has set up a dedicated community line 0800 008 6763 and email info @ navitusbay.com so that people can request further information or give feedback.

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