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Jurassic Coast ‘relief’ at Navitus Bay wind park decision

September 11, 2015 Published by Beth Thomas

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership has expressed relief at the decision not to grant permission to the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park.

UNESCO’s advisory body IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) made it very clear that it objected to the proposed development in terms of the impact it would have  on the natural setting of the Jurassic Coast and the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Partnership agreed with this view in setting out its case to the Planning Inspectorate, and is pleased to see that the Secretary of State concurs, stating that the proposals would “adversely affect the use and enjoyment of that Site” and “does not consider the adverse impacts … are acceptable”.

Doug Hulyer, Chair of the Jurassic Coast Partnership Steering Group agreed: “The Planning Inspectorate has made the right decision. This is a welcome result, but we must remain vigilant to similar threats in the future to this wonderful world-class coastline.”

James Weld, Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust, the World Heritage Site’s education and conservation charity, said: “With this decision, we are pleased that the UK Government, as State Party to the World Heritage Convention, have made a decision that respects the Outstanding Universal Value of the Jurassic Coast, on behalf of the global community.”

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