Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: July 13, 2006
Burnham-On-Sea wind farm group sets out its objections

A photomontage of the proposed wind turbines [Pic: KNolll To Windfarm]

KNOll to Windfarm, the pressure group set up to oppose the proposed development of a wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll, has this week submitted an extensive document to Sedgemoor's Planning Committee setting out its objections.

Andrew Manning, spokesperson for the group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The key planning guidelines published by the Government covering wind farms is known as PPS22. This document makes it quite clear that, like all developments, location, location, location is critical when considering any proposed developments."

A photomontage of the proposed wind turbines [Pic: Ecotricity]"We note that a spokesperson for Somerset County Council, referring to its soon-to-be-launched 'Somerset Wind Initiative' made a similar observation that some locations are suitable and some aren't. We believe that this reinforces our position stated from day one; whilst wind farms are arguably a good source of renewable energy, the proposed location near Burnham is not suitable, which has been selected by the developer on an opportunistic basis."

"PPS22 examines location under a number of headings which may be summarised as follows Environmental Impact; Economic Impact; and Social Impact."

"We have made well researched and robust objections against these criteria. We believe that rational assessment of this location leads to a simple conclusion. 'Burnham Without' should be 'Burnham without a Windfarm'."


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