Landowner’s joy as High Court upholds decision to give wind farm green light

Dorset Echo: APPROVED: The Alaska Wind Farm APPROVED: The Alaska Wind Farm

THE landowner of Purbeck’s Alaska Wind Farm site has spoken out following the High Court ruling that effectively ended the legal challenge against the project.

Landowner and co-owner Will Bond said: “This ruling marks the end of the line for the objectors and I am pleased we can now turn our attention to doing something positive for the environment.”

Three judges, who deliberated at London’s Royal Courts of Justice earlier this month, ruled to uphold the original High Court decision backing the wind farm, which will be sited at Masters Quarry, East Stoke.

Gerry Bayliss, of South Trigon, Wareham, had won the right to challenge the High Court decision in October.

As a member of the Dorset Against Rural Turbines (DART) group, Mr Bayliss was committed to fighting the proposals for the four 125-metre turbines at the quarry.

Following the latest court ruling Mr Bayliss conceded: “I’m afraid that is it.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bond commented: “Too much time and taxpayers’ money has already been wasted on this challenge.

“Of course you cannot please all of the people all of the time, and there will always be some who don’t agree but the clear majority of Purbeck people supported the application, and we are still keen to see the wind farm built and generating clean energy.”

Going into the latest court hearing Infinergy already had High Court backing, following a failed bid by DART to challenge a Government Planning Inspectorate decision approving the project.

The inspectorate’s decision followed a lengthy public enquiry in April 2012, launched the year after Purbeck District Council ruled against the proposal.

The issue has divided public opinion across the district, with significant support for and against, since plans first emerged seven years ago.

Infinergy has told the Daily Echo it is too early for them to announce a construction timetable for the project, but engineers have recently visited the site.

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