Navitus Bay windfarm plans attract record number of responses

A record number of representations have been filed with the Planning Inspectorate in response to the controversial plans for the Navitus Bay windfarm

The Planning Inspectorate has received a record number of written responses to the plans for Britain’s largest offshore windfarm.

Navitus Bay, which would be situated between the Needles and the Jurassic Coast, has attracted 2,680 official representations – more than any other offshore windfarm listed on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

The vast majority of these responses have been critical of the development, which lies within the government’s 12nm limit for offshore turbines.

Organisations objecting to the proposals include the RYA, Unesco, The National Trust, and Dorset County Council, which claimed:

“The developer has played-down the adverse landscape and visual impact of the project in a highly sensitive setting.”

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What’s more five Conservative MPs have spoken out against the plans, including Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, who described the development as a “blight”.

The deadline for submissions to the Planning Inspectorate passed at midnight on Monday (23 June) and the next stage will see the examining body publish details of its preliminary assessment meeting.