May 4, 2011
people protest against wind farm plans near Burnham-On-Sea
than 750 people have submitted formal objections against plans
to build a controversial wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea,
we can reveal.
plans for five turbines on farmland next to the Huntspill River
near East Huntspill have attracted 338 formal objections and just
38 letters of support.
Ecotricity's proposals for four turbines near to Poplar Farm have
drawn a huge 427 objections, two petitions and 113 letters of
District Council's planning officer, Colin Arnold, told Burnham-On-Sea
today: "There is a lot of interest in the plans and those
opposing the schemes are greatly outnumbering those supporting
my 18 years as a planning officer I have only seen a handful of
other applications that have attracted this many objections."
EDF Energy Renewables wind farm - which would occupy land between
the former Royal Ordinance Factory and the Huntspill River - could
be decided as early as May 21st, while the Ecotricity scheme is
currently being examined by the district council's planners.
Wakefield, Chairman of the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These figures show the strength of feeling
there is within the villages. It comes after a lot of hard work
by campaign groups like ourselves to ensure residents are aware
of the issues, such as noise and the adverse effects on local
added: "I am optimistic that we'll get the right result when
Sedgemoor District Council considers the scheme but we could then
see an appeal and that would be expensive to fight."
Ecotricity says its wind turbines would produce 2.3MW each, collecting
enough power from the wind for 6,769 homes.
And EDF's Dennis Garry, who is development manager for the project,
said: "We believe that the Withy End Farm site is very suitable
for this kind of development."
Details of the applications - including the precise locations
of the proposed wind turbines - can be viewed on the councils
website or at the councils offices in Bridgwater House,
Pictured: Top - an photomontage from Ecotricity showing the
wind turbines; middle - an image of how the scheme would look
according to the campaigners, some of whom are shown above