Labour Back Wind Farm Proposals
8:20am 14th October 2014
(Updated 10:28am 14th October 2014)
Dorset Labour leaders are backing plans for off-shore wind farm that would see Portland Port develop a specialist role.
They claim Navitus Bay would create more jobs and help local business.
The development, off the coast of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, would see 194 wind turbines built up to 200m high.
South Dorset's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Simon Bowkett said, "We have a vision of a local economy that sees more jobs and better jobs come to this part of the world. Renewable technologies have the potential to see massive job creation in coming years, and I want Dorset to be at the forefront of making the case for investment - not behind the curve."
Plans were submitted in April claiming the wind farm would contribute £1.6bn to the economy over 25 years and would generate power for up to 700,000 homes.
But conservative MPs in the county have spoken out against the move as well as Unesco who said it could affect the Jurassic Coast's World Heritage status.
Labour MEP for the South West Clare Moody said "Sadly, the local MPs and Councils are undermining Dorset's case to receive this investment and the employment and skills it would bring ; I am pleased to support Simon's lead. We want more jobs and better jobs for Dorset, and we will work proactively with Navitus Bay, local businesses and skills providers, and with local communities to secure the best deal all-round."