Public Inquiry for Alaska Wind Farm to commence today

Today will see the first day of a Public Inquiry into plans for a 4-turbine wind farm at Masters Quarry, East Stoke, known as Alaska Wind Farm. Although Purbeck District Councillors were initially minded to approve the application subject to planning conditions, their U-turn at a follow up planning meeting saw the plans refused in March last year. Consequently applicants Infinergy lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.

Infinergy, local landowner Will Bond and the many people who have pledged their support for the wind farm are hopeful that the Planning Inspector will overturn Purbeck District’s decision after last year’s bitter disappointment. A spokesman for Infinergy said: “Purbeck Councillors missed a huge opportunity 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.”
The spokesman continued: “This is a good project, compliant with planning regulations and supported by professional bodies, such as Natural England, as well as local residents. We are confident that we can meet the challenging planning conditions that Purbeck District Council’s Planning Department has put together. By refusing planning permission, Purbeck Councillors have made the wrong decision. We are hopeful that this time, a different outcome will do us justice.”

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