Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

Labour Back Wind Farm Proposals

Navitus Bay Boundary Change Map

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."

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox


Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
brewery square clock

brewery square clock

The Wessex Word

See the latest wrong guesses and win cash!

The Bun Run

Request the cakes for your workplace!

Book Your Table

For sales in January and March

Free Fuel Friday

Find out how to get your car sticker

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county

Book our Disco

Have DJ Owen at your party or celebration!

Meeting Room Hire

Come to Wessex FM for your meeting or conference

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.