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Halstock turbine plea backed
1:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in Latest
A planning appeal to be able to keep a micro wind turbine at an address in Halstock has been allowed.
Robin Gale appealed against the decision of West Dorset District Council not to allow the retention of the turbine at Bull Bridge Mead which had previously had temporary planning permission.
Following Mr Gale’s application to retain the turbine, the council advised him that, although the turbine had limited noise impact during the day, it had been unable to satisfactorily establish noise impact at night and suggested imposing a condition to restrict operation from 7am to 9pm.
Mr Gale replied that he thought that the condition would be onerous and unjustified and his application was subsequently refused.
Allowing the appeal, planning inspector David Nicholson said he found that the turbine would not cause unacceptable harm to the character or appearance of the area but would accord with policies requiring buildings to respect their contexts, that alterations should not overpower a building, and permit proposals for renewable energy generation providing they would not have an unacceptable impact on the landscape or resident population.