Silton wind turbine campaigners jubilant at decision to dismiss Ecotricity appeal
SAVE our Silton campaigners are delighted that planning inspector Neil Pope has dismissed Ecotricity's plans for four wind turbines on land near Silton on the Wiltshire/Dorset border.
The Inspector's decision follows a 12-day public inquiry which began in February and resumed in October at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.
SOS member Dee Worlock said: "This is brilliant news."
The inspector said: "When I undertake the balancing exercise in respect of the scheme before me, I find that the harm to the character and appearance of the area and the setting of heritage assets would be unacceptable and overriding. These adverse effects would significantly and demonstrably outwieght the benefits."
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MP Bob Walter who backed SOS said: "This decision was reached following a thorough analysis of the evidence presented to the Inspector in February and September and is a victory for localism, common sense and the countryside."
"I must extend my sincere congratulations and thanks to the members of local action group, Save Our Silton, who have worked so hard – and at considerable cost – to get the message across that these turbines would be intrusive and damaging to the Blackmore Vale landscape, its visitors and residents."
See full story in next week's Blackmore Vale Magazine.