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Dorset offshore wind farm plans moved further out to sea

By DavidBol  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

Plans to build a wind farm off the Dorset coast have been moved further out to sea

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A planned wind farm off the Dorset coast will be moved further out to sea after discussions with the local community.

Navitus Bay Development Limited will reduce the number of turbines from 333 to 218 - while the closest turbine to shore will be over 16km away from the coast.

The initial plans did not prove popular with residents and Dorset MPs, with changes made to reduce the visual impact of the development.

Mike Unsworth, Project Director for Navitus Bay Development Limited said: "We have moved the site significantly further from the coast, reducing the potential visual and navigational impact of the Wind Park.

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"In addition, we have reduced the maximum number of turbines in the proposal and reduced the height of the tallest turbine.

"We feel that these significant adjustments to the plans strike a good balance between responses that we have had from consultees and the technical viability from an environmental, engineering, shipping and commercial perspective.

"The changes demonstrate that Navitus Bay is fully engaged in the debate and willing to listen."

The revised plans will see a 12 per cent reduction in the area of seabed that will be developed. This will protect navigational safety and further reduce any visual impact.

The maximum height of the turbines will be reduced from 210 metres to 200 metres.

Public consultations will take place across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in February 2013.

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