The windfarms are 125m high
A wind farm for Dorset?
Plans for a six turbine wind farm in the Dorset countryside have been announced, and it's hoped the farm will provide power for up to 10,000 local homes. But what do you think? Have your say.
Wind turbines twice the height of London's Nelson's Column have been proposed for an area in rural Dorset.
If the construction of six 125-metre high turbines goes ahead, it will be the first wind farm in the south.
The wind farm is proposed for East Stoke
It would be capable of providing electricity for up to 10,000 homes in the area.
The site selected is a quarry called Masters Pit, in East Stoke, between Wool and Wareham.
The men behind the scheme - the owner of the quarry, and the energy company Infinergy - believe the wind farm would make a useful contribution to the area.
"We have to invest in renewable energy"
Esbjorn Wilmar, the MD of Infinergy, which has wind farms in Europe, says "Wind is a source we have to make use of to protect against climate change and invest in renewable energy."
But local resident Geoffrey Edwardes is concerned about the visual impact on Dorset's countryside.
He says: "The impact here would be a beautiful valley dominated by the turbines almost the height of the Purbeck hills themselves."
Local support of the project, named 'Alaska Wind Farm', is crucial as a similar wind farm proposal back in 2004, for the Lower Winterbourne area of Dorset, were scrapped after opposition.
The local authority, Purbeck District Council, has previously stated it has a commitment to encouraging renewable energy sources.
The plans are currently subject to a period of public consultation. More details of the project and consultation process can be found on the project's website.
last updated: 19/03/2008 at 13:22
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