June 7, 2011
wind farm plans unveiled for farmland near Rooksbridge
plans for a new wind farm on the outskirts of Rooksbridge, near
Burnham-On-Sea, have been unveiled this week.
Energy Limited, a renewable energy company which develops, constructs
and operates wind farms, said on Tuesday (June 7th) it is in the
early stages of exploring the potential for six wind turbines
on farmland immediately east of the M5 motorway, around 1km south
The firm says its initial studies indicate that the site - to
be called Pilrow Wind Farm - is a good location for a farm of
approved, the company says the site would make a valuable contribution
towards national green energy targets.
Tom Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are at a very early stage with our plans and are keen
to hear peoples thoughts and give the local community an
opportunity to have their say in our plans. We understand that
any new development can have an impact on communities and we want
to have open discussions with local people from the outset."
Energy will be visiting a number of locations in the local area
with a mobile exhibition vehicle during the week commencing June
aim is to introduce the community to the company, outline the
proposals for the project and invite residents to have their say.
Broadview will be writing to local residents with details of exact
dates and locations for these events, along with information on
the plans for the site.
will receive the information this week and details will also be
posted on the dedicated Pilrow project web pages here.
"Its inevitable that the introduction of wind turbines
into a landscape effects change and an important part of the development
process is designing the project in such a way that it is sensitive
to the local area," added Tom Cosgrove.
"We believe the nature of the landscape to the east of Brent
Knoll, which is dominated by manmade features such as the M5,
has the capacity to accommodate a small wind farm."
"Its widely recognised that our reliance on fossil
fuels must change. Onshore wind energy is a clean, low carbon
and well established technology which is making a tangible contribution
to the UKs energy needs."
Broadview will continue its studies into a range of topics, including
potential landscape impacts, which will form part of an Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA).
findings will be reported within an Environmental Statement which
will be included in any planning application submitted to Sedgemoor
company will also be consulting with a number of local and national
organisations including English Heritage, Natural England and
the Lower Axe Drainage Board.