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 For more information about the wind farm visit and the latest on the plans for Slyer’s Lane visit