Navitus Bay developers confirm no appeal

The developers behind the failed Navitus Bay offshore wind farm have decided not to challenge the Government’s decision to refuse them planning permission.

The Government has rejected the plans last month for the proposed wind farm off the coast of Dorset and Hampshire.

Developers EDF and Eneco had submitted plans for an offshore wind farm with 194 turbines which would have a maximum installed generating capacity of 970MW.

But following a public inquiry and a long-running campaign against the proposals by Bournemouth Borough Council, Energy Minister Lord Bourne rejected the proposals, including a “mitigation option” for a smaller wind farm with 105 turbines and an installed capacity of 630MW.

The developers behind the project published a statement on their website on 19 October confirming they were not going to appeal against last month’s decision.

“We would like to thank the communities on the South Coast and all our stakeholders for their engagement throughout the project,” said the developers.

“We would also like to extend a thank you to the potential suppliers, who worked incredibly hard to inform our proposal.

“Over the course of the project we have gathered data from a wide range of offshore surveys and studies. This wealth of information includes environmental material such as bird and mammal surveys, human activity evaluations including shipping, navigation and archaeological data, and physical environmental detail like geotechnical data and sediment sampling.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues