Wind turbine and solar panels approved for off-grid home

2023-01-13 01:31:03 By : Mr. Kevin .

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A WIND turbine and solar panels have been approved for a Godmanstone farm site, allowing a new home to be off-grid using only renewable power. Max Power Wind Turbine

Wind turbine and solar panels approved for off-grid home

The turbine site was repositioned after concerns about the impact on the landscape in its initial location.

Parish councillors welcomed the change on a majority vote but said they hoped the turbine would not set a precedent for the future.

The agreed proposal is for a site adjacent to Field Barn off Frys Lane to provide energy for the barn conversion which is also being fitted with a ground source heat pump.

The application to Dorset Council said that the turbine and ground-mounted solar panels will allow the home to be self-sufficient.

Details with the application show a 17.75m single wind turbine, capable of producing 6kW of power being installed uphill of the barn, and eight solar panels in a single array of 20m, capable of producing 4kW, closer to the building.

Said a planning agent acting for the couple who will live in Field Barn once it has been converted: “The wind and solar power will make the dwelling off-grid, thus avoiding a connection to the nearest power line nearly 1km away, and any associated electrical infrastructure. By making the dwelling’s energy supply zero carbon and 100% renewable, the use of wind and solar power also fit with Dorset Council’s declaration of a climate and ecological emergency in 2019.”

Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team had initially expressed concerns about the turbine, as had Cerne Valley Parish Council.

After discussions the site for the turbine site was moved to be less intrusive and where its blades would only just visible from the hill ridgeline. A darker colour than normal is proposed for the base and a lighter than normal colour for the blades, helping it blend in.

Said a AoNB team report on the changes: “The outcome of this discussion was that, subject to appropriate colour treatment and enhanced planting/management, the revised siting is acceptable.”

Said parish council clerk Wayne Lewin: “Members thanked the applicants for all the amendments made to the original withdrawn application and thus supported this application on a majority vote. There remained concerns on the effect of the wind turbine on the AONB and trust this would not start a precedent within the valley and AONB.”

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