Have your say on Navitus Bay wind farm
IF you have views on the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm, you still have time to express them as the consultation doesn't come to an end until Friday 5th April.
Nearly 2,000 members of the public attended eight exhibitions across the region, with 211 coming along to West Moors Memorial Hall, 278 to the RNLI Training College in Poole and 243 to Christchurch Council Chambers.
The proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park, a joint venture between Eneco Wind UK Ltd (Eneco) and EDF Energy is located off the Dorset and Hampshire coast and to the west of the Isle of Wight; the development area will cover an area of approximately 67 sq miles.
Commenting on the exhibitions, which form part of its third phase of consultation, project director, Mike Unsworth, said:
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"The verbal and written feedback received indicated that the vast majority of people came away from the events better informed about our proposals which is important for us as a company committed to open and transparent engagement.
"One of the main issues raised at previous exhibitions was potential visual impact. To address this, we provided a greater level of information which included an interactive 3D model, detailed photomontages and a visuals booklet to help show what the proposed wind park could look like from different locations."
"We have placed all the information that was on display on our website and in public libraries and would encourage as many people as possible to view the latest plans and leave us comments. All feedback received will be reviewed and analysed and we will look to address any issues raised in our next phase of consultation in the autumn."
Anyone with enquires relating to the public consultation or Navitus Bay's proposals can get in touch with the team on its dedicated community information line (9am – 5.30pm Monday – Friday) 0800 008 6763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject to planning and gaining consent, construction could start in 2017 with the first wind turbines starting to generate energy by 2020. A fully operational wind park is anticipated in 2020/2021.