farm proposals in Burnham area 'are hitting property prices'
prices in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being dented by the uncertainty
surrounding plans to build new wind farms, according to campaigners
Campaigners fighting the development of a wind farm near Rooksbridge
made the claim during a public meeting in Mark Village Hall on
Sunday evening (September 25th) which was attended by dozens of
Woolmington, Chairman of the No
Pilrow group, which is fighting plans by Broadview Energy to build
six 140 metre turbines on farmland at Pilrow, read out
a letter from a unnamed local estate agent.
said: "Property prices in Rooksbridge, West Huntspill and
Puriton have been seriously affected by the plans to build wind
farms by Broadview, EDF and Ecotricity."
estate agent says he is convinced that wind farms have a negative
effect on values, and that some homes could even be unsalable."
Nick added: "Estate agents are not renowned for making such
negative remarks about the market, so it shows the seriousness
of what is being said. The uncertainty is making prospective buyers
plans to build five turbines on farmland next to the Huntspill
River near East Huntspill while Ecotricity is seeking permission
for four turbines near to Poplar Farm.
It was also claimed during the meeting that there are now 15
sites for wind farms being considered along the M5 corridor, and
a total of 600 places across the whole of Somerset where turbines
are being investigated.
Updates were also given at the meeting on fundraising, with the
group hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds to cover its
expected costs over the next few months.
Broadview expects to submit a planning application for the Pilrow
wind farm in early 2012 and, if approved, the site could be operational
in the summer of 2013.
Pictured: Residents at Sunday night's wind farm meeting in
the village of Mark and, above, a photomontage of how the Rooksbridge
farm might look