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Borough of Poole Responds to Navitus Bay Proposals

Borough of Poole has published its formal response to the latest documentation provided by Navitus Bay Development Limited regarding their proposal for an off-shore wind park.

Navitus Bay is running a joint public and statutory consultation. As part of this process, the council is being asked to comment on the quality of the environmental information and tourism survey data and the mitigation measures proposed to minimise potential environmental harm.

Members of the Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted at their meeting on 23 September to recommend the approval of the responses to the consultation. These responses were considered at Full Council on 24 September and councillors voted to support the recommendation.

Councillor Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Inward Investment, Borough of Poole, said: "As a statutory consultee, the council has the opportunity to consider and respond to the current consultation. The council at this stage is not being asked to say whether it supports or opposes the wind park. This is a technical stage to inform the final application and councillors have raised some issues that they would like Navitus Bay Development Limited to address within their prospective application."

Councillor Brian Clements, Chairman of the Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Borough of Poole, said: "It is important that Navitus support their application with accurate and consistent data. We would encourage them to continue engaging with stakeholders to ensure that the public and statutory consultation is effective and informs the content of the final Environmental Impact Assessment. They should look at the impact of all current off-shore wind farms, not just a selected few, so when their application is made we are confident that what we are being asked to consider meets current best practice guidelines."