Unesco concerns over wind farm plans

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


IMPORTANT views of the Isle of Wight from the Jurassic Coast would be adversely affected by the controversial £3 billion Navitus Bay wind farm, according to the World Heritage organisation.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has raised serious concerns about plans for Britain’s largest offshore windfarm, fearing its construction off Dorset’s Jurassic Coast will compromise views from the World Heritage site.

A study from the body’s scientific arm, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said the project would have a significant impact on the natural setting of the site, including views towards the Isle of Wight.

It said the turbines would replace the Isle of Wight as the dominant feature on the horizon.

The Jurassic Coast, where up to 194 turbines with a maximum tip height of 200m could be constructed offshore, became a Unesco World Heritage site in 2001.

Unesco, which designates World Heritage status, has not elaborated on what would happen with regard to the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage status should the application become a reality as it is.

But the IUCN report concluded: "The completion of the project would result in the property (the Jurassic Coast) being presented and transmitted to future generations in a form that is significantly different from what was there at the time of inscription and until today.

"Specifically, the property will change from being located in a natural setting that is largely free from human-made structures to one where its setting is dominated by human-made structures."

Campaign group Challenge Navitus highlighted that a similar situation relating to Mont St Michel in France resulted in the French government excluding wind farms from the region.


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by Graeme Egerton

28th May 2014, at 10:00:00

Nice one George, glad you got my point! It's a crying shame the state that Sandown finds itself in. Wind turbines though, in my opinion at least, wouldn't put people off holidaying somewhere. It doesn't seem to matter where they are proposed, the "anti" brigade will shout loudly against them and seem to be the only voices that are heard. They don't speak for everyone though.

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by Graeme Egerton

27th May 2014, at 23:24:33

Maybe not Sandown, having looked at a map. Somewhere else. D'oh!

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by Graeme Egerton

27th May 2014, at 23:19:35

"So, how was your holiday in Sandown?"
"Well, we didn't mind paying over 100 quid for the ferry, hundreds for a caravan and then finding loads of empty shops, boarded up buildings and not being able to park near the beach, but what completely ruined the holiday was a distant view of wind turbines out to sea, the ones that the rest of the world are used to seeing anyway."
"Aah, what a shame!"

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by Yvonne Carter

27th May 2014, at 23:10:22

Does anyone know if or what the IW Council are doing about the Navitus application? I know that Navitus are holding exhibitions and one in Newport Library. Haven't seen any public meetings advertised or perhaps I have missed them? Bournemouth have had some.

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by Mike Crowe

27th May 2014, at 22:24:30

Let's hope you are right Chris

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

27th May 2014, at 21:55:48

There are only 4 words needed to be said about this absurd scheme....IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN

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by Mike Crowe

27th May 2014, at 18:11:19

George, your last sentence. They are the ones who only feel their back pocket and hold that to the detriment of all others. "I'm all right Jack". They are quite prepared to spoil what nature has provided for their own ends :-(

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by John James

27th May 2014, at 17:07:39

I hope they do build it and that the island benefits in terms of jobs, its all very well having great views but they don’t put food on the table. A mixed energy policy has served this country well.

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by Don Prescott

27th May 2014, at 16:06:12

the worrying aspect of this proposal is that the IW Council have failed in their duty to hold consultations with their residents.

Indeed, it is widely suspected that the "new" Planning Committee, which now includes the omnipresent Deputy Leader of the Council, will approve the Parkhurst Forest wind farm so as to "make a STATEMENT" to the fools who elected them.

No doubt they still believe that Yarmouth would be the centre of choice for Navitus Bay should it go ahead, which now, thankfully, seems highly unlikely.

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by David Blackford

27th May 2014, at 15:51:19

Oh yes, and a couple of nuclear power stations too

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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