Purbeck District Council refuses Alaska Wind Farm: local supporters dismayed

Although they were minded to approve the application, today Purbeck District Councillors refused planning consent for the Alaska Wind Farm proposal at Master’s Quarry, East Stoke, west of Wareham, Dorset.

Wind farm developer Infinergy, local landowner Will Bond and the many people who have pledged their support for the wind farm are bitterly disappointed that the planning committee has rejected the proposal. Charles Sandham, Chief Executive of Infinergy said: “Purbeck Councillors missed a huge opportunity today to show leadership in Dorset and make a considerable contribution to local renewable energy production. Dorset is lagging woefully behind on renewables compared to other Counties, having developed only a sixth of what should have been realised by the end of last year.”

Mr Sandham continued: “Councillors dismissed the professional conditions their planning officers put together. We are totally confused that so many people support what we are trying to do and when it comes to the crunch, the Planning Board errs, responds to emotive and unsubstantiated claims and adopts a cautionary approach.”

“Following recent horrific events, Japan is now relying on wind power to make up for energy shortages in the country. It is clear that wind power has a role to play in the energy mix, also in Dorset. But if all of the feasible sites keep being refused, how are we as a County going to move forward?”

“We remain convinced this is a good proposal which has the support of many local people, as well as all professional bodies. We will appeal this decision and we are confident that a different outcome will do us justice.”

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