MP Letwin backs wind farm opponents

The proposed wind farm near Tolpuddle has met with resistance

The proposed wind farm near Tolpuddle has met with resistance

First published in News

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has backed campaigners opposing the proposed West Dorset Wind Farm near Tolpuddle.

Renewable energy firm West Coast Energy submitted a new planning application for a five turbine wind farm near the village, after they withdrew their initial nine turbine plans late last year.

The new plans also saw a reduction in the size of the turbines from 126.5 metres to 115m, but a campaign group, Tolpuddle Against Industrial Turbines (TAINT), was set up in opposition to the proposals.

Mr Letwin was speaking at a public meeting held at Tolpuddle village hall last week, and said: “The new proposal, though slightly smaller than the last one, is still totally out of scale with the landscape.

“I hope that it will be firmly rejected.”

Richard Slocock, chairman of TAINT, said: “Mr Letwin agrees with us that these turbines of this industrial size are simply out of place in Dorset, and he spoke about that at the meeting.

“There is not much he can do but it is nice to have his support.”

West Coast Energy has said the community would be guaranteed a payment of £5,000 for each megawatt of electricity generated, or 10 per cent of the profits generated from the farm, if the wind farm gets the go-ahead from planners.

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1:31pm Tue 17 Jun 14

cosmick says...

Only 12 months to a G/E he will side with voters. As an M.P will he oppose all wind farms?
Only 12 months to a G/E he will side with voters. As an M.P will he oppose all wind farms? cosmick
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2:57pm Tue 17 Jun 14

mr commonsense says...

Good old Oliver. Next year he will be kicked out of the government and bumped up to the Lords. A bright new candidate will be parachuted in from Mars and he will support wind farms because his children and grandchildren will need energy when the likes of the nimbys are long gone.
Good old Oliver. Next year he will be kicked out of the government and bumped up to the Lords. A bright new candidate will be parachuted in from Mars and he will support wind farms because his children and grandchildren will need energy when the likes of the nimbys are long gone. mr commonsense
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10:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Grey Fox says...

Any chance of some sensible comment? Even better from someone who has actually read the application.
Most of us recognise the reality climate change and most agree that renewables have a big part to play in combatting it. However this does not equate to believing that the indiscriminate siting of wind turbines, driven more by subsidy rather than suitability of the site, is the effective way to go.
Long ago a national strategy should have been drawn up identifying suitable sites rather than the present lottery which sites wind turbines wherever a local land owner(s) consents.
It is as if calling everyone who objects a "nimby" is doing your part to combat climate change. Please read the application!
Any chance of some sensible comment? Even better from someone who has actually read the application. Most of us recognise the reality climate change and most agree that renewables have a big part to play in combatting it. However this does not equate to believing that the indiscriminate siting of wind turbines, driven more by subsidy rather than suitability of the site, is the effective way to go. Long ago a national strategy should have been drawn up identifying suitable sites rather than the present lottery which sites wind turbines wherever a local land owner(s) consents. It is as if calling everyone who objects a "nimby" is doing your part to combat climate change. Please read the application! Grey Fox
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9:21am Wed 18 Jun 14

Preston North End says...

Mini nuclear plant at Winfrith and no further carbuncles - thanks.
Mini nuclear plant at Winfrith and no further carbuncles - thanks. Preston North End
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