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Planning decision for Navitus Bay offshore wind park

Energy Minister Lord Bourne announces development consent has been refused for the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind park.

The announcement was made today for the wind park off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coasts.

The reasons behind the decision are set out in the decision letter

A DECC Spokesperson said:

“Careful consideration has been given to the application, and the planning and energy issues involved.”

Notes to Editors

  • The decision announced today was to refuse the application from Navitus Bay Development Limited (made under the Planning Act 2008) for development consent for both the Application Development and the Turbine Area Mitigation Option.

  • The Application Development was proposed to include an offshore wind farm comprising up to 194 turbines which would have a maximum installed generating capacity of 970MW and be connected to shore on the Dorset coast, together with related onshore and offshore works including three offshore substations, a meteorology mast, electrical connections between the turbines, six export cables to the coast at Taddiford Gap in Hampshire (between Barton-on-sea and Milford-on-sea), onshore connection works including six underground cables to a new electrical sub-station at Three Legged Cross in Dorset.

  • The developers also submitted a Turbine Area Mitigation Option for an offshore wind farm comprising up to 105 turbines with an installed capacity of 630MW in a similar location and with similar, though smaller scale, onshore and offshore works.