Purbeck Councillors minded to approve Alaska Wind Farm subject to planning conditions

Purbeck councillors are minded to approve Alaska Wind Farm and make a huge contribution towards renewable energy production in Dorset.

At a landmark planning held at The Purbeck School on Tuesday 30th November, coalition party councillors stuck to their parties’ shared vision for renewable energy in the UK and voted to approve Alaska Wind Farm subject to a series of planning conditions. An overwhelmingly supportive audience applauded the decision.

Around 350 residents visited the special planning meeting, with two thirds of them backing the plans for Alaska Wind Farm at Master’s Quarry in East Stoke. 26 people spoke in favour of the wind farm.

Charles Sandham, Infinergy’s Chief Executive said: “Today, the people of Purbeck have spoken and the councillors have listened. The majority support these plans. We are grateful that supporters took the effort to come along to the meeting and tell the councillors that Purbeck should take its responsibility, on their behalf and that of their children and grandchildren.”

Mr Sandham continued: “Consent for Alaska Wind Farm will depend on acceptable planning conditions. We will now work with the Council’s officers and consultants to put everything in place to finalise the decision.”

Alaska Wind Farm would make a contribution of 9.2MW towards Dorset's targets for renewable energy which are between 64-84MW by the end of this year. To date, Dorset has only achieved 12MW, with only 500kW developed since 2007. Alaska Wind Farm would therefore make a considerable step towards meeting these targets*.

*Source: www.dorsetforyou.com

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