Dorset

Charminster Slyer's Lane wind farm 'to offer shares'

An impression of the Slyer's Lane wind farm from the B3143 at Waterston Ridge Image copyright Broadview Energy
Image caption Plans to erect six 115m (377ft)-high turbines off Slyer's Lane have been submitted to West Dorset District Council

The firm behind a proposed wind farm in Dorset is to offer shares in the scheme - prompting criticism from campaigners.

Plans to erect six 115m (377ft)-high turbines off Slyer's Lane, near Charminster, have been submitted to the district council by Broadview Energy.

The firm admitted the share offer's "fine details" had not been decided but said investors would receive dividends.

Campaign group No Slyer's Lane Turbines described the move as a "non-binding inducement".

'Alien structures'

Plans for the project were scaled back in June when the number of turbines was reduced from seven to six, as well as their heights from 125m (410ft) to 115m (377ft).

Broadview Energy said it hoped they would generate enough electricity to power just over 8,000 homes.

Tim Yarker, from No Slyer's Lane Turbines, described the turbines as "alien structures" and said the proposed farmland site was "within 2km of Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

Mr Yarker suggested the company was making an attractive-looking offer that it would not necessarily need to act upon.

"The shares are a non-binding inducement prior to the application either being denied or granted, with no obligation to take the offer forward," he said.

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