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Windfarm Plans Scaled Back After Public Consultation

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6:13pm 28th May 2014
(Updated 6:14pm 28th May 2014)

Plans for a windfarm near Dorchester have been scaled back.

Broadview Energy Limited are now proposing to put up 6 instead of 7 turbines, which will be 115 metres and not 125 metres high.

They say the decision comes after a public consultation and local stakeholders such as West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, English Heritage and Natural England.

Broadview say a planning application will be submitted to West Dorset District Council at the end of summer 2014. The application will be accompanied by a detailed set of environmental studies which will assess the impact of the wind farm on factors such as landscape, residential amenity, noise and heritage assets amongst other topics.

Tom Cosgrove, Development Manager at Broadview Energy, said "We are committed to running an open and transparent development process and involving local stakeholders at every opportunity. That is why we have undertaken a wide range of consultation activities to date and we will continue to do so through each stage of the projects life cycle.  Where possible we have listened to the views of the local community and incorporated their feedback into our preferred design. In reducing the size and number of the turbines we believe we are now proposing a project that strikes the right balance between maximising the renewable energy benefits whilst being sensitive to the local environment."  

"We now hope that local residents will come to our proposed consultation events where they will be able to talk to members of the Broadview team and find out more about the design process and the next steps for the project as we head towards a planning application."

Full details of Broadview's community engagement program can been found on their website at www.slyerslanewindfarm.com.

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