Navitus Bay wind park

Waves at hurst spit

Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Park Development

Energy Minister Lord Bourne announced on 11 September 2015 that development consent for the wind park was refused

Navitus Bay Development Ltd (a joint venture between Eneco Wind UK and EDF Energy) proposed constructing an offshore wind park.

This would have consisted of up to 194 wind turbines off the Hampshire and Dorset coast and to the west of the Isle of Wight, with an underground cable connection to the National Grid running through the New Forest National Park to an onshore substation at Mannington, north of Ferndown. 

The wind park would have covered around 155 square kilometres (60 square miles) and would have been located 14.3 miles from the National Park's coastline at its nearest point (Hurst Spit).

Background to the proposal

The UK Government is aiming for 15% of total energy consumption to be met from renewable sources by 2020 to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in line with its international commitments. A number of licences to harness offshore wind power, including one for Navitus Bay, were issued by the Crown Estate, the owner of the seabed. Planning approval was also required for the project to proceed.

The decision-making process

The Navitus Bay project was classed as a 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project'. This means that the application (known as a Development Consent Order) to develop the scheme was managed by the National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) and decided by the Secretary of State. 

The process is explained on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

The company was required to seek the views of the nine surrounding local authorities (including the National Park Authority) and the public at large as the proposals are developed and at the application stage. The Authority was therefore a consultee on the proposals.  

View the Navitus Bay website.

Documents

S42 (Environmental Statement Consultation)

Draft Statement of Community Consultation 

Adequacy of Consultation Response

New Forest National Park Authority Local Impact Report

New Forest National Park Authority Deadline IV Submission

New Forest National Park Authority Deadline V Submission

New Forest National Park Authority Deadline VI Submission

New Forest National Park Authority Deadline VII Submission

Timescale

An application for the project was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 10 April 2014. The application was then accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on 8 May 2014.

The National Infrastructure Planning website shows the timetable and all of the relevant documents that were submitted to the Government.

The application was the subject of an Examination in Public between September 2014 and March 2015.

The National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) issued a recommendation to the Secretary of State in June 2015.

The Secretary of State announced he refused permission for the Navitus Bay development on 11 September 2015. The Secretary of State's decision letter and Panel's recommendations are available on the National Infrastructure Planning's website

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