Public invited to visit working wind farm

PROPOSED AREA: Fields north of Dorchester

Tom Cosgrove

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THE ENERGY firm planning to erect seven wind turbines on land to the north of Dorchester is inviting members of the public to visit an operational wind farm.

Broadview Energy Limited, which has been consulting ahead of submitting a planning application for a facility at Slyer’s Lane near Charminster, is offering to take residents to Delabole wind farm in Cornwall.

The aim is to give residents an opportunity to see and hear commercial wind turbines in action.

The trip to the four-turbine wind farm run by Good Energy has been arranged for Saturday, May 17 and will be fully funded by Broadview.

A number of local residents have voiced their fears about the proposed wind farm and a protest group, No Slyer’s Lane Turbines, has been set up.

The energy firm hopes that the trip will give people a chance to see firsthand what impact the facility will have on the local community and may allay some of their fears.

Project manager for Broadview Tom Cosgrove said: “It’s really important to Broadview that residents are given as much information as possible about what a local green energy project might mean for them if it goes ahead.

“There are a lot of conflicting opinions on the internet about how wind turbines look and sound, but there’s no substitute for seeing and listening to them yourself.”

The coach will be picking residents up from Charlton Down, Charminster, Stinsford and Dorchester South train station between 9am and 9.30am and returning them to the same locations between 6.30pm and 7pm.

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions and invite feedback throughout the day.

Mr Cosgrove said: “We appreciate that it’s a long day but when we’ve run these trips in the past residents have found them very helpful and we hope that will also be the case for this community.”

Anyone who wishes to attend must book in advance before May 9 by calling 02072 689911 or emailing cshears@broadviewenergy.com For more information about the wind farm visit and the latest on the plans for Slyer’s Lane visit slyerslanewindfarm.com

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12:54pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Budgie@home says...

4 turbines at 99 metres tall in a remote area of Cornwall is hardly representative of 7 turbines at 125 metres on top of Dorchester.
4 turbines at 99 metres tall in a remote area of Cornwall is hardly representative of 7 turbines at 125 metres on top of Dorchester. Budgie@home
  • Score: 7

7:40am Sun 4 May 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Yes it is and it will help prople make an informed decision to support or otherwise.
Yes it is and it will help prople make an informed decision to support or otherwise. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: -6

8:42am Sun 4 May 14

Budgie@home says...

No, the proposal here is for 75% more and 25% higher. If people really want to make an informed decision they should visit the noslyerslaneturbines website where they can now see visualisations of how these ghastly industrial monsters will look here if they are built. This is just a propaganda exercise by Broadview; a handful of people on a coach will make absolutely no difference one way or another but it will allow Broadview yet more free publicity in the press.
No, the proposal here is for 75% more and 25% higher. If people really want to make an informed decision they should visit the noslyerslaneturbines website where they can now see visualisations of how these ghastly industrial monsters will look here if they are built. This is just a propaganda exercise by Broadview; a handful of people on a coach will make absolutely no difference one way or another but it will allow Broadview yet more free publicity in the press. Budgie@home
  • Score: 6

7:38pm Sun 4 May 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

No, they should visit a working Wind-turbine site. Evaluate the issues, consider the difference in size and scale of the proposed site and then decide whether they wish to support or prevent the proposed development.
They're not 'ghastly industrial monsters', they're "tall wind turbines", try to use accurate language instead of hyperbole, you'd look more credible.
Comparing them with Salisbury Cathedral is utterly pointless, I can't see Salisbury Cathedral from my window (in Chaminster) so I've no idea what the impact is. How big are they compared to the Empire State Building, who cares? Give us some reasoned facts.
No, they should visit a working Wind-turbine site. Evaluate the issues, consider the difference in size and scale of the proposed site and then decide whether they wish to support or prevent the proposed development. They're not 'ghastly industrial monsters', they're "tall wind turbines", try to use accurate language instead of hyperbole, you'd look more credible. Comparing them with Salisbury Cathedral is utterly pointless, I can't see Salisbury Cathedral from my window (in Chaminster) so I've no idea what the impact is. How big are they compared to the Empire State Building, who cares? Give us some reasoned facts. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: -5

7:52pm Sun 4 May 14

Budgie@home says...

Ghastly industrial monsters seems fair enough to me. As I said before, visit the noslyerslaneturbines website if you want the facts and now you can see what they will look like. Afterwards tell us what you think
Ghastly industrial monsters seems fair enough to me. As I said before, visit the noslyerslaneturbines website if you want the facts and now you can see what they will look like. Afterwards tell us what you think Budgie@home
  • Score: 5

8:39pm Tue 6 May 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Budgie. I've had a look at the website, specifically the Objections, and conclude as follows.
Visual Impact: I think the visualisations are really useful. I'm not sure how accurate they are since Broadview have not proposed positions for the turbines yet. I suspect some to the claims, such as visibility from Poole, are exagerated and I've already commented on the comparison with Salisbury Cathedral, the pictures say all that need be said.
Proximity: I trust Broadview will comply with planning rules that dictate how close to local housing turbines can be sited (I think 500m?) It is important that we monitor this should the proposal proceed.
Cumulative Effect: Interesting, unfortunately this is inevitable since turbines will be sited where the harvest is best (bottom of a valley would not work. related to this is precedent, if one developer succeeds then the next may assume permission will be easier won...worrying.
Wildlife: From RSPB policy quote "However, there are gaps in knowledge and understanding of the impacts of wind energy, so the environmental impact of operational wind farms needs to be monitored - and policies and practices need to be adaptable, as we learn more about the impacts of wind farms on birds." So it is important that Broadview consult widely and produce a credible Environmental Impact Statement.
Loss of Public Amenity: The impact here is negligible and patently exagerated.
Safety: It goes without saying vehicle movements must be properly managed, however, the construction phase is very short compared with the life of the turbines and should not be a reason to prohibit the porposal.
Noise: This is indeed a potential issues and that is why people should visit the Delabole site so that they can experience it for themselves.

Overall there is too much emotive language and many unreferenced 'facts' on the website (e.g. 'it is well document that...' where is it documented? provide a reference or a link). I am currently not persuaded either way but want objective facts. We cannot continue to demand energy to our homes without taking some account of its origin on economic and environmental grounds. There are many 'renewable' options out there and a balance must be struck, like it or not, these are the challengs we face.
Hope that helps and thank you for the link.
Budgie. I've had a look at the website, specifically the Objections, and conclude as follows. Visual Impact: I think the visualisations are really useful. I'm not sure how accurate they are since Broadview have not proposed positions for the turbines yet. I suspect some to the claims, such as visibility from Poole, are exagerated and I've already commented on the comparison with Salisbury Cathedral, the pictures say all that need be said. Proximity: I trust Broadview will comply with planning rules that dictate how close to local housing turbines can be sited (I think 500m?) It is important that we monitor this should the proposal proceed. Cumulative Effect: Interesting, unfortunately this is inevitable since turbines will be sited where the harvest is best (bottom of a valley would not work. related to this is precedent, if one developer succeeds then the next may assume permission will be easier won...worrying. Wildlife: From RSPB policy quote "However, there are gaps in knowledge and understanding of the impacts of wind energy, so the environmental impact of operational wind farms needs to be monitored - and policies and practices need to be adaptable, as we learn more about the impacts of wind farms on birds." So it is important that Broadview consult widely and produce a credible Environmental Impact Statement. Loss of Public Amenity: The impact here is negligible and patently exagerated. Safety: It goes without saying vehicle movements must be properly managed, however, the construction phase is very short compared with the life of the turbines and should not be a reason to prohibit the porposal. Noise: This is indeed a potential issues and that is why people should visit the Delabole site so that they can experience it for themselves. Overall there is too much emotive language and many unreferenced 'facts' on the website (e.g. 'it is well document that...' where is it documented? provide a reference or a link). I am currently not persuaded either way but want objective facts. We cannot continue to demand energy to our homes without taking some account of its origin on economic and environmental grounds. There are many 'renewable' options out there and a balance must be struck, like it or not, these are the challengs we face. Hope that helps and thank you for the link. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: 1

3:07pm Wed 7 May 14

Budgie@home says...

TDBTH,
It was good to read your comments which should perhaps be directed to the noslyerslaneturbines people. Personally I think that you are thinking about this too deeply. Whatever one's views are on climate change, renewable energy and wind turbines in particular the proposal to erect these in this location is, to me at any rate, outrageous and cannot possibly be justified on the grounds of producing such a miniscule amount of unreliable electricity. MacDonald's couldn't even erect a neon sign at Monkey Jump because of the effect it would have on the area and yet we are faced with this. It's just daft. By the way, I have seen the initial proposed sightings of the turbines and the area over which they can be seen. These were provided by Broadview on their scoping request document so I can assure you that even Broadview say all 7 will be seen from Poole.
Bye
TDBTH, It was good to read your comments which should perhaps be directed to the noslyerslaneturbines people. Personally I think that you are thinking about this too deeply. Whatever one's views are on climate change, renewable energy and wind turbines in particular the proposal to erect these in this location is, to me at any rate, outrageous and cannot possibly be justified on the grounds of producing such a miniscule amount of unreliable electricity. MacDonald's couldn't even erect a neon sign at Monkey Jump because of the effect it would have on the area and yet we are faced with this. It's just daft. By the way, I have seen the initial proposed sightings of the turbines and the area over which they can be seen. These were provided by Broadview on their scoping request document so I can assure you that even Broadview say all 7 will be seen from Poole. Bye Budgie@home
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