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Silton wind farm will not go ahead after appeal turned down

Controversial plans for a wind farm at Silton have been refused by the Planning Inspectorate – while a local MP has called the decision ‘a victory for localism.’

Developer Ecotricity wanted to build four industrial wind turbines in North Dorset. After the plans were rejected by North Dorset District Council, an appeal was lodged with the Planning Inspectorate – which has been officially turned down.

Inspector Neil Pope said: “When I undertake the balancing exercise in respect of the scheme before me, I find that the harm to the character and appearance of the area and the setting of heritage assets would be unacceptable and overriding.

“These adverse effects would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.”

Mr Pope gave dozens of reason for the refusal of the appeal. A number of the reasons were down to the character, location and appearance of the turbines – while other reasons including the impact on local heritage and local living conditions were also cited.

Bob Walter, MP for North Dorset said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the Planning Inspector has decided to unequivocally reject Next Generation Limited’s (Ecotricity’s) appeal against North Dorset District Council’s decision to turn down its unwanted application.

“This decision was reached following a thorough analysis of the evidence presented to the Inspector in February and September and is a victory for localism, common sense and the countryside.

“I must extend my sincere congratulations and thanks to the members of local action group Save Our Silton, who have worked so hard – and at considerable cost – to get the message across that these turbines would be intrusive and damaging to the Blackmore Vale landscape, its visitors and residents.”