The developer behind a planned offshore wind farm on the south coast of England says it will look to see how it can “mitigate” the concerns of campaigners.
Questions have been raised about the impact the wind farm could have on the views and cultural significance of the area.
Navitus Bay Development has revised its plans – the farm will be smaller and further out – but local MP Richard Drax said they were still not sufficient.
The coastline is one of just eight in the world to be awarded World Heritage Site (WHS) status by Unesco, and concerns have been raised over whether the title would be revoked if the wind farm goes ahead.
The stretch of coastline gets its name due tot he 175 million years of geology which are visible in the rocks. It attracts around 16 million tourists every year.
The Navitus Bay project is a partnership between energy firms Eneco Wind (UK) and EDF. The construction of the wind farm could create 1,000 jobs and bring £100m to the local economy, the developers claim.
The firm have already proposed changes to the plans which will be opened again for public consultation in 2013. One such change includes limiting the number of turbines to 218 and ensuring they are only 200 metres high. Original plans were for 335 turbines up to 210 metres high.
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