Bournemouth Borough Council’s leader has written to the Prime Minister in his latest attack on plans for a wind farm 13 miles off the resort.
Yesterday the Planning Inspectorate made its recommendation on the Navitus Bay scheme to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, who now has until September 11 to make a decision.
Both the recommendation made yesterday and the Secretary of State’s decision will be made public at the same time.
Bournemouth council leader, Cllr John Beesley, has written to David Cameron as the authority launches a fresh campaign against the plans.
He said: “Navitus Bay offshore wind farm would be highly visible from land and dramatically alter and damage the intrinsic appeal and beauty of what is currently a natural and untouched seascape.
“The industrial-scale turbines would be classed as permanent structures and fall into the highest category of harm in terms of visual assessment – risking the international designation of the Jurassic Coast as a World Heritage Site.
“Tourism lies at the heart of Bournemouth’s economy. Our natural coastline is the main reason why 6.7 million tourists from across Great Britain and overseas flock here every year. ”
If approved, the wind park would be made up of 121 turbines 200 metres tall.
A scaled down version, if chosen by the Secretary of State, would have 78 turbines.
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