First Stage of Planning for Controversial Navitus Bay Wind Farm Approved
3:16pm 8th May 2014
Plans to put up nearly 200 wind turbines off the Dorset coast have taken a step forward despite opposition from campaigners.
Navitus Bay developments have had their planning application accepted for further examination.
They want to plant 194 wind turbines in the sea between Swanage and Weymouth.
When the application enters the pre-examination phase members of the public will be able to register and comment on the controversial proposals.
Opposition campaigners have been battling to have the wind farm scaled back or scrapped completely.
South Dorset MP Mr Drax is one of those fighting against the Navitus proposals and told us there are 8 other areas where the turbines 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 it’s cheaper to put them here."
Developers say the Navitus Bay Wind Park generate enough low carbon electricity to power around 70,000 homes every year.