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Navitus Bay offers June/July public information sessions

Up to 1.1GW development planned in English Channel

Navitus Bay is offering three-hour drop-in sessions to members of the public at eight locations this summer. They will give local communities in the south of England an opportunity to learn more about the up to 1.1GW offshore wind farm planned for a site off Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

The sessions will be held between 26 June and 4 July in Swanage, Poole, Bournemouth, West Moors, Lymington, Newport, New Milton and Christchurch. They follow a series of public exhibitions in February and precede the next round of community consultation in September.

Navitus Bay is a 50-50 joint venture between Eneco Wind UK and EDF Energy. Eneco was awarded the rights to develop the West of Wight zone in January 2010, before forming the joint venture with EDF Energy in April 2012.

Mike Unsworth, project director, said: "Navitus Bay is committed to communicating honestly and openly with members of the public to ensure that they are given as much information as possible about the proposed wind park."

Consultation has been undertaken since 2010. As a result of the feedback gathered so far, the project's scale, layout and location were revised last year. "We are still listening and will continue to act on the feedback we receive," added Unsworth.

The consent application is expected to be submitted in early 2014 and if given the go-ahead, Navitus Bay could come on stream by 2020.

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