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South Dorset MP Continues Fight Against Navitus Bay Wind Farm


9:33am 24th December 2013
(Updated 9:34am 24th December 2013)

South Dorset's MP has met with Council leaders over controversial plans for a wind farm at Navitus Bay.

Richard Drax has renewed his opposition to proposals. At the meeting with Dorset's Council leaders, he spoke about the overwhelming size and scope of the potential site, that would sit in the middle of some the busiest sailing waters in Britain.

MP Drax said it was "too big and too close".

Some of the turbines would be 3 times higher than London's gherkin.

'Navitus Bay is too big and too close,' says Richard Drax. 'Government guidelines call for a 12 nautical mile exclusion zone; however, under these plans, 82 per cent of the site falls within that limit. And the 8MW turbines are huge. At three times higher than London's gherkin, they will appear higher to the naked eye than the needles off the Isle of Wight.'

'If built, Navitus Bay will have far reaching repercussions. Tourism will move elsewhere. Fishing, diving and sailing industries will move elsewhere. The impact upon fish spawning beds and bird migration can only be guessed at. The disruption and pollution caused by digging the cables across the New Forest will destroy an environment we have cherished and protected for 1000 years. Navigation lights on the turbines will destroy the beauty of the night sky."

The Navitus Bay Planning application is due to be submitted to the Government in the spring.

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