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Richard Drax, Navitus Wind Park Still Not Good Enough

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7:47am 7th February 2014

194 giant wind turbines off the coast of Weymouth and Swanage is still not acceptable to South Dorset's MP.

Richard Drax has been reacting to news that the planners behind the Navitus Bay Wind Farm have scaled back their proposals.

They'll be less turbines but they'll be just as close to Weymouth and Swanage.

Mr Drax says there are 8 other areas where they could go where no one would see or hear them.

"So it's not as if we're saying not in our backyard - but there are 8 other backyards where no one will see or hear them.  The only reason they have chosen our back yard I think is because of cost.  Because its cheaper to put them here."

Mike Unsworth, Project Director at Navitus Bay, said: "We have always listened to and acted upon the feedback we receive from our public consultations and our statutory consultees.

"We hope that local residents and statutory consultees who have expressed concern about the wind park will welcome today's announcement. The boundary change is significant, and balances the need to reduce visual impact while ensuring that the project continues to make an important contribution to sustainable energy generation in the UK and to the local economy in the shape of jobs and investment.

"As we move towards submitting our final application for planning permission, we believe that this latest boundary change is a positive step, ensuring that the project reflects local views whilst bringing considerable benefits to the region.
"We believe we now have an application that reflects in-depth local consultation and will, if granted planning permission, bring enormous benefits to the local region and to the UK as a whole."

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