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Alaska Wind Farm Finally Given The Go Ahead

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12:21pm 9th July 2012
(Updated 12:22pm 9th July 2012)

A legal appeal to stop four giant wind turbines - each taller than Salisbury Cathedral - being built near Wool has been dismissed.

The Government's Planning Inspector has granted permission for a wind farm in Purbeck.

This follows Purbeck Wind Farm LLP's appeal against Purbeck District Council's decision in 2011 to refuse permission for four turbines at Masters Pit, Puddletown Road, East Stoke, near Wareham.

Councillor Peter Wharf, Chairman of Purbeck District Council's Planning Board, said:  "The council is disappointed that the Inspector has found in favour of the development.  

"Purbeck District Council was clearly not in favour of this finely balanced application. However, the Inspector recognised there were issues on both sides and came down in favour of the development, citing economic and environmental benefits."

The Appeal Hearing, which took place in Wareham in April 2012, lasted three weeks.  The Inspector reviewed a wide range of information, listened to the views of all interested parties and carried out site visits before making his decision.    

The Inspector's decision is subject to 39 conditions, including actions to mitigate noise.  Full details of his report can be found by CLICKING HERE.

"This is a very sad day for the residents of Purbeck and visitors to the area who, in their thousands, objected to this development as a blight on the landscape which will do very little in terms of renewable energy generation", said Geoff Edwardes, Chairman of DART.

 "Dorset CPRE is extremely disappointed," said Terry Stewart, Chairman of Purbeck CPRE, "because these industrial monsters will dominate the beautiful Purbeck landscapes and AONB, after all our years of battling to protect the countryside."


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