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Public to consider the winds of change  

Plans to build six 125-metre turbines at East Stoke were unveiled at a public exhibition.

Some 6,000 local residents were invited to the event at the Springfield Country Hotel, Wareham, which ran from 4pm until 6pm on Thursday and from noon to 6pm on Friday.

Green energy company Infinergy and landowner Will Bond want to build a wind farm capable of generating enough electricity to serve 10,000 households at Masters Pit, on both sides of Puddletown Road.

The brownfield site is close to Binnegar, Stokeford, and a number of farms, with the nearest homes around 350m away.

It falls between the larger settlements of Wool and Wareham.

Plans and photos of what the farm might look like from a number of these locations formed part of the exhibition, which also addressed potential concerns.

But by far the biggest concern is the visual impact, according to retired coastguard helicopter pilot Richard Snook, of Chalkpit Lane in Wool, who has objected to the plan.

He said: “These things are so high they will be just as visible as the Purbeck Hills. This is something which involved the whole of Dorset and all our visitors.”

He added: “I don’t think people quite realise how big they will be.”

Landowner Will Bond, who lives in Stokeford, said: “I have got to live with this project for the next 25 years, so I have to make sure it really is as proposed, and that the issues raised are not going to be a problem.”

Infinergy has already submitted an application for an 85-metre “met mast” to measure wind speed and conditions, and expects to submit full plans for the farm early next year.

By Juliette Astrup

Dorset Echo

9 December 2007

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