Navitus Bay name Yarmouth on shortlist of three for off-shore wind farm port

Yarmouth could become home to the wind park’s operations and maintenance functions should the scheme get planning approval.


Yarmouth has been named as one of three ports on a shortlist of possible local ports for the Navitus Bay off-shore wind farm project.

The West Wight town is up against Poole and Portland as a contender to host the wind park’s operations and maintenance functions should the scheme get planning approval.

The organisation say that if the project for 218 wind turbines is granted planning permission, it could generate enough electricity to power up to 790,000 homes each year.

Drop-in sessions critcised
Following the consultation that took place earlier this year and as a precursor to the next round of consultation in September, those behind the project are holding a series of drop-in sessions for members of the public to find out more about the development.

The drop-in sessions being held in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have not been particularly well-received so far.

David Lloyd, a member of Challenge Navitus, told the BBC the consultation was “a complete waste of time” and described it as a “box ticking exercise”.

“They hired out a church hall in Swanage from 9am to midday, when most people are at work,” he said. “There were no displays, just two people and chairs.”

Unsworth: “Committed to communicating honestly and openly with members of the public”
Mike Unsworth, Project Director of Navitus Bay, said:

“Navitus Bay is committed to communicating honestly and openly with members of the public to ensure that they are given as much information as possible about the proposed wind park, which will deliver significant economic benefits to the local community.

“We have been carrying out comprehensive consultation with the community since 2010. As a result of the feedback we have gathered to date, we have scaled back the project and moved the northern boundary further away from the shore.

“We are still listening and will continue to act on the feedback we receive. We would therefore encourage as many people as possible to come to these sessions to hear more about our proposals and to make their views known.”


Image: Cristian Bortes under CC BY 2.0

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Friday, 28th June, 2013 9:14am



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  1. iain mckie

    28.Jun.2013 11:43am

    If anyone believes that windmills are green, they should look at the devastating environmental impact caused by the mining of neodymium, the rare earth element used as magnets in the turbines. One look at the toxic dump at Batao in Mongolia may help you change your mind.

  2. Meanwhile – in the real world, this country is shutting down old power stations and the Energy Regulator Ofgem warns that by 2015 unless something is done PDQ; we will have power cuts.

    The Germans however take no notice of EU regulations and are now busy building a number of coal powered power stations. So what if they contravene EU Law? – the Germans will just pay the fines and carry on building BMW’s & Mercs.

    Cameron, who could go down in history as one of our worst leaders ever, seems to think that windmills are the answer, but he is on track to be proved totally wrong within months now when the lights go out. This once great nation will soon be reduced to selling cappuccino coffee and mobile phones, (when the tills work.)

    Nigel Farage would probably say that’s what the EU is all about anyway. The point above by the way, about the neodymium and toxic waste is well made and not generally realised.

    • If all the energy spent criticising wind turbines was diverted to developing truly green sources of power, the world would be a better, cleaner place. By the way, wave power and PV panels also use many of the earth’s valuable resources, such as neodymium etc.
      Perhaps we should all just keep belching out fossil based Co2, or we could salute the idea of more jobs in Yarmouth.

    • peaceful_life

      29.Jun.2013 7:43pm

      In the real world, we might find that our assumed velocity of lifestyle doesn’t meet well with the ruling laws of physics.

      Might it just be that our expectations are a little beyond out means?

  3. Island Monkey

    29.Jun.2013 9:37am

    Of course only a cynic would think this chance to ‘create jobs’ by servicing this giant wind-factory would have any bearing on anyones attitude to the planning application.

    Ask yourself why would they ferry things over to Yarmouth, when they could operate directly from a mainland port at lower cost?

    Does anyone want more large commercial vessels to be based in Yarmouth, and where is the space?

  4. How will all these workers be able to afford to live in Yarmouth?

    • woodworker

      29.Jun.2013 1:15pm

      There’s these wonderful things called cars, bikes, and buses. people can live a fair distance away from their place of work nowadays…

      Why is it that instead of welcoming the economic advantages this could bring to the island, people instead put every obstacle in the way to try and stop it happening?

      • Bystander

        29.Jun.2013 4:00pm

        There are helicopters too but burning fossil fuels to get to work at a windfarm is ever so slightly contradictory.
        We all rely on you to correct us with your trademark eternal optimism

        • woodworker

          29.Jun.2013 6:24pm

          okay… well I mention public transport and bikes alongside cars, both methods of transport which reduce or eliminate the amount of fossil fuels used. I’m not sure why it would be contradictory to use fossil fuels to travel to work at a windfarm. Even environmental lobbyists use public transport and cars from time to time.

          However, that said, what is your point? Originally you comment about the cost of living in Yarmouth and whether workers could afford this, and then make a ridiculous comment about helicopters. I’m also not sure why you seem to be implying that there is something wrong with optimism. Its certainly better than the alternative.

          Perhaps you could decide which you are more concerned about, the cost of living for workers, or pollution through the use of fossil fuels. Or is it just that you decided it would be fun to point out some of the drawbacks of using Yarmouth as a port, and ignore the benefits?

        • woodworker

          29.Jun.2013 8:30pm

          Really? I never would have guessed. Good job you told me.

      • peaceful_life

        29.Jun.2013 7:36pm

        I wouldn’t go depending on cars too much.

  5. Navitus Bay Development Limited have been criticised for permitting visualisations that can misrepresent the scale and distance of developments.
    According to the Challenge Navitus website their own images and videos give a more accurate representation. The HD video of the wind farm from Tennyson’s Monument, at the foot of this page is of particular interest to us as this development is going to dominate the view from the Needles to St Catherine’s and beyond.

  6. andrea richter

    1.Apr.2014 9:51am

    Can I suggest all the people who are debating this subject actually go and visit a port that has the maintenance boats and offices in its harbour? Wells harbour is a similar size to Yarmouth. The residents who have the Sheringham Shoal on their horizon, appear to have continued on with their lives without the inertia that infects the Isle of Wight like a disease.

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