July 14, 2011
wind farm firm claims photo montages are 'misleading'
Energy, the company behind plans to build a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea,
claims the photo montages released by campaigners this week to
show how the wind turbines might look are 'misleading'.
first reported on
Tuesday how the newly-formed protest group No Pilrow had published
the images to demonstrate how it thinks the planned six 140-metre
tall turbines at Rooksbridge might look alongside the nine planned
by EDF and Ecotricity at East Huntspill.
Olly Buck, Development Manager at Broadview Energy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"These images are inaccurate. We are in the early stages
of the project design so we do not yet have a site layout to show
the position of the turbines and we do not know the model or height
of the turbines."
farm developments are designed in accordance with a range of technical
requirements and best practice design guidelines for instance,
turbines will typically be a certain distance from each other
and from roads."
images do not take account of these factors and are therefore
part of our detailed studies, we commission experienced landscape
and visual architects who generate accurate predicted views of
the site layout once it has been designed."
predicted views comply with long established best practice methods
using specialist software which ensure an accurate representation
of how the wind farm might look. It is evident that the images
produced by No Pilrow have not benefited from any such expertise
No Pilrow's Nick Woolmington has responded: "We do
have a clear plan of the site area of the proposed development
supplied to us by Broadview."
"Broadview's Issue No1 Newsletter states that - and I quote
- 'initial investigations suggest that the site could accomodate
a wind farm of up to six wind turbines each with a height to the
tip of the blades of up to 140m'. A simple google search gives
us some indication of distances that have to be between turbines
of this height and how far from roads."
Nick added: "In issuing these photos we have done our best
to incorporate all the information that Broadview have issued
to date and to take these factors into account. Of course, we
understand that there will be much fine tuning to be done in putting
forward their final plans. The sooner Broadview can give us some
indication of what their final plans are likely to be the sooner
we can give a fully structured comment on them. In the meantime
we cannot accept that the local residents should be deprived of
an indication of what this proposal would mean to the area. If
Broadview would care to forward their own artist's impression
of what they propose, based upon the parameters that they have
already given us, we shall be pleased to include that on our web
Meanwhile, local residents have been invited to attend a public
meeting in East Brent next week to discuss the proposals. East
Brent Parish Council is holding an open meeting at East Brent
Village Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 18th July where both Broadview
and the No Pilrow group will be giving their opposing views.
Broadview will also be holding further public exhibitions on
Thursday July 21 at East Brent Village hall, from 2pm to 8:30pm;
Friday July 22 at Mark Village Hall, from 12pm to 8pm; and Saturday
July 23 at The Stables Business Centre in Rooksbridge from 10am
Pictured: The photomontages from the No Pilrow campaign group
show how the wind turbines may tower over the Somerset levels
in the Burnham area