After 14 months the application to erect 9 Giant turbines on land between the A35 and A354 has been withdrawn by West Coast Energy’s (WCE) director Steve Salt. The decision to withdraw was taken by WCE after considering the Regulation 22 notice served earlier in the summer by WDDC.
Being served such a notice means that the application was deemed lacking in several areas by WDDC’s planning department and gives the applicant an opportunity to alter the original, in line with the guidance given by the planners.
WCE have declined to do this suggesting an ad hoc alternative to WDDC. The planning department thought the alternative was too big an amendment from the original proposal and would need a new application to allow them to study the changes in greater depth.
WCE has, for the moment, gone away to consider the concerns raised and will amend a revised scheme for the site in due course.
TAINT is happy that the original scheme was found to be lacking by WDDC, as a group it has always suggested the application left much to be desired.
In the meantime preparations to fight another submission by WCE are well underway. Despite having a healthy bank balance, a large fund raiser is being planned in the next few months. The proceeds of which (plus the reserves) will fund a fighting campaign and enable us to engage a legal team for any future appeals.
In August of 2012, West Dorset was hit by the revelation that West Coast Energy, a company based in N. Wales was proposing to impose 10 (now reduced to 9) giant wind turbines upon Hardy’s much written about landscape.
Immediately, a group of locals from the affected villages got together to form an opposition group named TAINT (Tolpuddle Against INdusrial Turbines) With support from all the local MP’s the campaign has gone from strength to strength. At present we have 400 registered members who are opposed to this particular development.
An application followed in January of 2013 which outlined the siting of 9 turbines 126.5m tall, along the ridge running E-W between Bere Regis and Puddletown. There are 1168 comments on West Dorset’s website with all but a handful objecting to this proposal mainly siting “Too Big, Too Many and Too Close to communities”.
Map of the original 9 turbine locations
See the Visible Distances of these turbines – HERE
This giant wind farm will be bounded by Areas of Outstanding Beauty on all sides and placed on some of the highest points in the whole of Dorset. Consequently, the structures will be on view for up to 35 km as far away as Bournemouth, Isle of Purbeck and Portland as well as many places in between.
The massive wind turbines will also be visible from a host of listed buildings, parks and gardens that are the jewels set within the crown of the stunning unspoilt countryside of Dorset and its wider surroundings; many parts of the county will have the wind turbines as a backdrop for the proposed 25 years.
The visual impact on this part the Dorset will be colossal; once it becomes ‘damaged goods’ the precedent will be set, most likely prompting wind farm developers to descend on other areas. In a rush to appear ‘green’ councils throughout the country are being bombarded with applications. Another proposal is being mooted for the Charminster area, north of Dorchester, as developers rush to reap millions in government subsidies before the folly is realised and the gravy train is derailed.
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