Dorset

Wareham wind turbines denied planning permission

Image caption The proposed wind energy development has gone through several years of planning and consultations

An application to build four 125m-high (410ft) wind turbines in Dorset has been refused by Purbeck District Council.

Its planning board said developers, Infinergy, "could not satisfactorily mitigate the impacts" of the development at East Stoke near Wareham.

The firm insisted the scheme had public support and would appeal.

Chief executive Charles Sandham said the council "missed a huge opportunity" to develop local renewable energy.

Infinergy's proposal said the turbines would have produced up to 9.2 megawatts of electricity a year, supplying about 5,000 households.

On 1 December last year, councillors voted in favour of the project, subject to conditions on noise and environmental factors.

The proposed site, formerly Masters Pit, is close to a year-round Scout camp and is flanked by a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, internationally important wetlands, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area.

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