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Plans for key offshore wind farm scaled down after objections

The developers of one of the UK's largest planned offshore wind farms have announced they will scale back the scheme to reduce its visual impact off the south coast of England.

Company bosses at Navitus Bay Development say they acted in response to feedback received from the public and statutory consultees during the final round of consultation last year.

The developer will remove the northernmost part of the development – the ‘top triangle’ – which will move the site up to 3.8km further away from the shore.

This latest change, when combined with the previous scaling back of the site in December 2012, will significantly reduce the visual impact of the development from all viewpoints along the coast in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, whilst ensuring that the project continues to make an important contribution to sustainable energy generation in the UK and to the local economy through jobs and investment .

In locations such as the Isle of Wight, Lymington and Christchurch, the change will substantially increase the distance of the nearest turbine from the shore. In places such as Swanage and Durlston Head, the horizontal spread of turbines on the horizon will be considerably reduced, and the change to the shape of the wind park will also open up a clear gap between the southern coast of the Isle of Wight and the development.

The new boundary will also mean that:

• The development will now cover an area of 155 km², compared to 175 km² under the previous boundary

• The maximum number of turbines that will be built, assuming the use of the 5MW model, will fall from 218 to 194

• If the wind park is granted development consent, with the new boundary it will have a maximum installed capacity of 970MW, generating enough low carbon energy to power approximately 710,000 homes

Source: www.clickgreen.org.uk