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Giant wind turbines loom large on the horizon again

The prospect of giant wind turbines is once again looming large over the Blackmore Vale skyline after the submission of a new planning application from green energy firm Ecotricty. Seven boxes of documents relating to the new plans to build a wind farm at Silton were delivered to North Dorset District Council earlier this month.

The prospect of giant wind turbines is once again looming large over the Blackmore Vale skyline after the submission of a new planning application from green energy firm Ecotricty.

Seven boxes of documents relating to the new plans to build a wind farm at Silton were delivered to North Dorset District Council earlier this month.

Local people are readying themselves for another showdown with Ecotricity managing director Dale Vince.

They protested strongly against a previous application to build six, 120-metre tall wind turbines on farmland in the village, which lies about two miles north west of Gillingham.

Victory was claimed in July last year when district councillors unanimously rejected the plans.

Ecotricity submitted new plans on July 10 for a reduced wind farm comprising four 120-metre tall turbines, but detailed plans have yet to be released while district council officers are still validating them.

Ian Barter, secretary of the Save Our Silton campaign group said there was dismay at Ecotricity's return.

He said: "The overwhelming majority of people who live around here are dead against the plan.

"Last time around we had about 2,000 letters against the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The prospect of giant wind turbines is once again looming large over the Blackmore Vale skyline after the submission of a new planning application from green energy firm Ecotricty.

Seven boxes of documents relating to the new plans to build a wind farm at Silton were delivered to North Dorset District Council earlier this month.

Local people are readying themselves for another showdown with Ecotricity managing director Dale Vince.

They protested strongly against a previous application to build six, 120-metre tall wind turbines on farmland in the village, which lies about two miles north west of Gillingham.

Victory was claimed in July last year when district councillors unanimously rejected the plans.

Ecotricity submitted new plans on July 10 for a reduced wind farm comprising four 120-metre tall turbines, but detailed plans have yet to be released while district council officers are still validating them.

Ian Barter, secretary of the Save Our Silton campaign group said there was dismay at Ecotricity's return.

He said: "The overwhelming majority of people who live around here are dead against the plan.

"Last time around we had about 2,000 letters against the wind farm and about five in favour of it. The situation has not changed.

"We will fight the plans even harder this time around. People are angry that this has come back after all the time and energy that was spent defeating the last application.

"Our membership is still very healthy and we remain resolutely against the plans."

The group has asked the district council for an extension to the usual three-week response period granted to objectors.

Mr Barter said: "We hope to get more time to go through the documents. It hardly seems fair that Ecotricity has had a year to prepare its case and we get only three weeks."

A statement from Ecotricity said: "Our aim is always to bring maximum environmental benefit with minimum environmental impact.

"In response to this feedback, we have spent the last few months working hard to address these main concerns by undertaking further detailed assessments.

"We have now adjusted the proposal by revising the layout and number of turbines on the site, and also undertaking additional noise monitoring at nearby residences."

Chris Langham, chairman of Save Our Silton said: "Though there will be fewer turbines and they will be slightly further away from the nearest buildings, they will still be the same height and visible for miles around.

"They will still be too close to buildings and will cause a great deal of noise pollution for people living there. People who make their living through tourism will lose their livelihoods if this goes ahead."


Source: http://www.thisisdorset.co....

JUL 22 2010
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