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Navitus Bay invests in a state of the art, interactive 3D model for next round of public consultation events

An interactive 3D model of the proposed Navitus Bay wind park off the coast of Dorset has been launched today by the project’s developers.
The computer-generated model will enable visitors to the next round of consultation exhibitions to move around the detailed 3D model of the proposed wind park and explore coastal views from any location of their choosing. The model will cover areas from Durlston Head in the West to The Needles in the East.

Navitus Bay commissioned 3DW, a well-respected 3D graphics company, to provide an innovative, engaging and interactive model to increase the community’s understanding of the project’s potential visual impact. The model will accurately illustrate any potential visual impact based on an array of layouts and turbine sizes. Creating a realistic 3D environment of the local area will help people to orientate themselves in order to provide Navitus Bay with detailed comments and ask any questions that they might have during Phase Three of its public consultation which runs from 1st Febraury to 5th April.

Mike Unsworth, Project Director of Navitus Bay Development Limited said:

“We have carefully listened to what the local community have said during previous phases of consultation and have gone the extra mile to help people really understand what the potential visual impact of the wind park could be. We have commissioned an independent expert, 3DW; to produce a 3D model as well as computer generated fly-throughs to provide a realistic picture of what the proposed wind park could look like from people’s homes or favourite locations along the coastline.
“The model will be available at all of our public exhibitions which are taking place over the next two weeks. The fly-throughs, which have been developed from eight different locations, are available to view on our website as well as on YouTube. Navitus Bay is committed to listening and responding to feedback and we hope that this tool encourages as many people as possible to take part in the process and give us their views.”

Andy Dennison, Director at 3DW, commented:

“This 3D model uses detailed Ordinance Survey data and photography of the local area to create an accurate and realistic representation of the proposed Navitus Bay Wind
Park. People will be able to see how the turbines will look from any location along the coastline. This type of visualisation has proven very effective in helping communities to fully understand wind farm proposals without having to interpret more technical forms of presentation.”

Members of the community have been invited to view and comment on Navitus Bay’s latest plans as part of Phase Three of its public consultation. Exhibitions are taking place in locations across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and all materials, including visualisations and fly-throughs, will be available on the project website

If planning permission is granted, Navitus Bay will generate enough electricity to power up to 790,000 homes * and will offset approximately 1,150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions ** each year.

* Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 4,266kWh (Source: DECC 2005-2011 Sub-national electricity consumption statistics,

**This figure is based on a figure of 339g CO2/kWh, calculated using Renewable UK’s “CO2
Reduction (pa) in Tonnes” methodology (Source: RenewableUK’s UK Wind Energy Database,

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