Navitus Bay windfarm plans withdrawn by developers

Plans to build the Navitus Bay windfarm are officially off the table, after developers opted not to challenge the Secretary of State's decision

EDF Eneco have opted not to appeal against the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to reject plans to build the Navitus Bay windfarm.

The offshore windfarm would have been the largest of its kind in the UK, but after a widespread consultation process the plans were officially rejected last month.

The developers had a six-week window to launch a judicial review to challenge the way the decision was made, but have opted against taking this course of action.

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Stuart Grant, project director at Navitus Bay, said: “After careful consideration, we have chosen not to challenge the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse consent for the proposed wind park.”

He added that the data gathering during the environmental impact studies will be made available to the Crown Estate’s Marine Data Exchange.

Mr Grant also reserved kind words for the RYA, who had been vocal opponents of the Navitus Bay windfarm plans, which they argued would have impeded navigation for leisure boaters.

“It was a pleasure to work with and engage with such a professional and courteous team,” he said.