Major windfarm off south coast clears latest planning hurdle
Proposals to build the Navitus Bay windpark - which would be the largest provider of clean energy in southern England - were given a significant boost today (Thursday 8 May 2014) when the Planning Inspectorate accepted that it should go to ‘examination’.
The Navitus Bay wind farm proposal, which, at its closest, would be sited approximately 17.5 km south of the Isle of Wight, will now be examined by a panel of inspectors later this year.
Welcoming today’s move, Mike Birkin, South West campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said:
"This is a major step forward for this exciting project, which promises to be the biggest source of clean energy in the south of England.
“Offshore wind is huge success story for the UK, providing thousands of jobs and boosting energy security.
“We now welcome the opportunity for proper scrutiny of the proposals, which will shed light on some of the alarmist and unfounded information that has been spread by its opponents."
Notes to editors:
1. National Infrastructure Planning announcement: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-east/navitus-bay-wind-park/
2. In a typical year it is estimated that the Navitus Bay Wind Park could generate 3.0 terrawatt hours (TWh) of electricity. This is the equivalent of generating enough electricity for around 700,000 average UK households.