Steven Smith — Dorset Echo — July 3, 2014
THOUSANDS of people have registered to have their say over the wind farm planned for the Dorset coast.
It is thought to be a record figure for such a scheme, as controversy continues to rage over the proposed Navitus Bay development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200m placed off the coast, nine miles from Swanage.
The deadline to become an interested party with the Planning Inspectorate, which will make the decision on the plans, has now passed.
Around 2,700 registrations have been made, thought to be far higher than for any other offshore wind project, and all are now available to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.
Weymouth and Portland councillors are among those adding concerns to the Planning Inspectorate.
While the wind farm could boost the economy by millions and create hundreds of jobs, including potential spin-offs for Weymouth and Portland, concerns have been expressed about a range of issues including the visual impact, threats to boating and fishing and the potential impact on the area’s tourism industry.
Environmental designations could also be affected including the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the setting of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Continue reading here…