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Councillors Give Red Light To Green Energy Plan


8:14am 24th August 2012

Councillors in Purbeck want more time to think about a draft strategy on renewable energy they've been asked to back.

There are concerns in could lead to more wind turbines going up across the Dorset Countryside.

Dorset CPRE energy expert Dr David Peacock told the Policy Group that the draft policy failed to take into account landscape considerations and warned that even the draft policy, although not endorsed, had been used by the Planning Inspector as one of the reasons for approving the Alaska Farm application.

Dr Peacock accused the partnership of not paying enough attention to the county's natural beauty and of basing some of their calculations on discredited figures.

He warned that using the calculations that the partnership had applied Purbeck could be faced with 83 giant turbines - but if landscape sensitivity was included in the policy this would reduce to around 20.

Said Cllr Gloria Marsh: "I am not happy with this renewable energy strategy for Dorset. It doesn't go far enough in ascertaining where these windfarms might go…they won't go to Poole, or Bournemouth - we could see Purbeck as a catch-all for windfarms. This policy will make us vulnerable to them; it's a beautiful area and it's up to us to protect it."

Said CPRE Director, Trevor Bevins, who attended the meeting : " We are delighted that Purbeck councillors have had the sense to put a brake on this. As one councillor said last night, the authority and others, are being 'bounced into' this strategy without fully considering the effects some forms of renewable energy could have on our landscape.

"We asked at the start of this process that full consideration be given to Dorset's landscape - but this hasn't been done. Instead this has been rushed through, driven by a perceived need to achieve so-called targets at any cost."

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