Reaction to Navitus Bay wind farm decision

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Published Friday 11 September 2015

Energy Minister Lord Bourne refuses permission for wind farm off the New Forest coast

The £3.5bn Navitus Bay development proposed by Dutch firm Eneco and EDF Energy A would have had 200m (656ft) high turbines 14 miles off the New Forest coast, plus an underground cable connection to the National Grid running through the New Forest National Park to an onshore substation at Mannington, north of Ferndown.   

Steve Avery, the National Park Authority's Executive Director Strategy and Planning, said: 'We support the Government’s decision to refuse this proposal. Although the scheme would have contributed to national renewable energy targets, we had significant concerns about both the onshore and offshore impacts of Navitus Bay on the nationally-protected landscape of the New Forest.

'This included the visual impact of the scheme from the National Park’s coastline; the long-term effect on the New Forest landscape caused by a 40 metre-wide, six kilometre long cable route through the Park; and the impacts on people’s enjoyment of the Forest through closing and diverting several public rights of way.'

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