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Newsletter Update: 10-06-14

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3 MP Support from Westminster

In an unprecedented intrusion into local planning decisions, all three local MPs have objected to the proposed Windfarm near Tolpuddle. The MPs supporting Taint are Rt. Hons. Letwin, Drax and Walter. These three have continued to object siting the changes made to last year’s application to be minimal. This previous attempt had withdrawn because it was deemed to be of insufficient quality by consultants engaged on behalf of WDDC.

Oliver Letwin MP is concerned about the industrialisation of a rural landscape stating any other industrial application would be rejected out of hand.

Richard Drax MP refers to the height of the turbines being out of character with the landscape.

Bob Walter MP is so energised by this application that he has written 11 pages of reasons why this application should be thrown out at the first instance.

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MPs Support from Westminster For TAINT – Oliver Letwin MP, Richard Drax MP and Bob Walter MP

The application has had minor tinkering but has not adequately addressed the main issues of Visual Impact upon the Landscape and nearby AONB’s as well as the impact upon the abundant Historic Buildings and Heritage Assets within sight of these 115m high enormous turbines.

Issues such as Wind Speed Data, National and Local Policies, Noise, Safety and Environmental benefits are all discussed at length and many interesting points made about the assumptions in WCE application. Nothing new from West Coast Energy there then.

These voices cannot be ignored as they reflect the views of the people.

MOD Objects

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The MOD has objected for a second time to WCE 5 Turbine site near Tolpuddle

The MOD has objected for a second time to WCE 5 Turbine site near Tolpuddle. The main reason being that the turbines will be detectable by Air Traffic Control at RN Portland causing unacceptable interference to Air Traffic Control services provided by RN Yeovilton.

Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental effects on the performance of MOD ATC. In simple terms aircraft may not be picked up by radar and will not be safely dealt with by air traffic controllers.

Real aircraft returns can be obscured by false returns from the turbines causing conflict on the controllers screens. Situational awareness is deemed crucial to achieving a safe and efficient service.

Materials used for construction are usually a steel tube with glass/carbon fibre reinforced plastics. and various types of glass fibre. The blade profile is similar to that of an aeroplane wing. As the blade rotates the rotor shadows the return from the steel mast.

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Turbine blade construction

Pilots who fly at very low altitude using Terrain Following Radar cannot get a return from the moving rotor which may be 45m above the steel mast. Military helicopters may also have terrain-following radar. Due to their lower speed and high manoeuvrability, helicopters are normally able to fly lower than fixed wing aircraft. With the number of helicopters flying in and over Dorset it is not surprising that the MOD objects.

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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”.

UPDATE 10-6-14: This was severely criticised by consultants engaged by West Dorset District Council WDDC. WCE withdrew their proposal in Oct 2013 and have now re-submitted a revised application involving 5 turbines at a minimally reduced height of 115m.

Objections and negative comments, about the new proposal, are already appearing on WDDC’s planning website. Planning App No. WD/D/14/000885

It is expected that there will be many more objections than last time as people are more aware and are concerned not only about the visual impact upon the landscape and cultural heritage but also a growing cumulative effect as two areas close by are now under a similar threat creating an industrial energy corridor in the heart of Dorset.

Map of the revised 5 turbine locations

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See the Visible Distances of these turbines – HERE

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Wind turbines visible distances. Click to see download PDF version 11 Mb PDF Download

separator image - graphic 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. The rest of the TAINT website contains a wealth of broader information including videos, slide shows and articles, plus the very latest relevant news in the media; please take the time to wander around and visit regularly for updates. You may wish to become a member of TAINT, a simple process which is free, details below. separator image - graphic

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