Navitus Bay Wind Park: Update on timing of next stage of consultation

Navitus Bay Development Limited (Navitus Bay), the jOint venturebehind the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park, is announcing today that it has decided to reschedule the third round of public consultation on the project until February 2013.

The decision to reschedule the next stage of consultation reflects the high level of attendance and feedback that Navitus Bay received from the local community at the second round of consultation earlier this year. To ensure that the community and technical feedback is given the due consideration it deserves, Navitus Bay has decided to allocate additional time and resources to fu lly explore the comments received and how they can be accommodated in to the proposals, taking into account the complex technical and environmental constraints on the project.

The extra time will enable us to :

  • Commission 35 new viewpoints, including 15 daytime photomontages showing how the Wind Park will look from locations including Durlston Head, Swanage Seafront and Weymouth Beach;
  • Produce an interactive computer-generated 3D visualisation of the site and cable route;
  • Conduct surveys of approximately 400 businesses across the south coast to better understand their customers and the motivation of tourists visiting the area; and
  • Undertake further surveys of marine mammals off Durlston Head.

In the meantime, we will continue to meet and engage constructively with consultees and stakeholder groups from the local community and we look forward to providing a comprehensive and detailed overview of how the proposals have evolved in response to public feedback in the new year.

If you do have any queries regarding the consultation or the project, please do contact the project team on our community line 0800 008 6763 or via the Navitus Bay website

Yours sincerely,
Mike Unsworth