Appeal over Purbeck wind farm planning refusal

Wind farm
Image caption The proposed site is flanked by protected natural habitats

A company hoping to build four wind turbines in Dorset is to launch an appeal against a council's decision to refuse the scheme.

Purbeck Wind Farm LLP applied to build the turbines on land off Puddletown Road, East Stoke, near Wareham.

The planning application was refused by Purbeck District Council in March.

The council said it had been notified that the company lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate and was awaiting further details.

Anyone involved or consulted in the original application would be contacted when the start date of the appeal process is announced, the council said.

Conservation interests

Any comments received during the planning process will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

Planning board chairman Peter Wharf said the council only decided to refuse the scheme after considering whether any conditions could "mitigate some of the effects of the development".

Among the conditions considered were for the wind farm to exist only for a 25-year period; the assessment of noise levels; the restoration of the site at the end of the operation to maintain nature conservation interests and the landscape character of the area.

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

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