Hampshire residents to have their say on wind farm plans

14 Oct 2010
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Hampshire residents to have their say on wind farm plans

Hampshire residents will get the chance to offer their opinions on a proposed offshore wind farm at an upcoming public meeting.

Dutch firm Eneco is proposing the construction of the major renewable energy development 12 miles off the coast of the New Forest, west of the Isle of Wight.

It would include 200 turbines and produce enough electricity to power around 500,000 local homes.

But the Hampshire Chronicle reports that the plans are likely to be objected to by environmental groups concerned about their view out to sea being spoiled.

"Residents will be given a chance to comment on the scheme when Eneco unveils its proposals at an exhibition in Lymington next month," noted the newspaper.

Should Eneco get the go-ahead to move forward with the renewable energy development, construction of the turbines, which will be as tall as Salisbury Cathedral, could begin in 2016.

Renewable energy is also set to be on the agenda at the upcoming European Future Energy Forum, which is being held in London later this month. 

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