August 17, 2011
wind farm firm wins approval for 70 metre weather mast
for a temporary mast to collect wind data at the proposed Pilrow
wind farm site at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been
approved by Sedgemoor District Council.
The meteorological mast, which is a steel tubular pole measuring
between 15 and 30cm in diameter and 70m in height, will be used
to measure wind speed and direction for a period of two years.
Olly Buck, development manager for Broadview Energy said: "We
are delighted that the planning committee unanimously chose to
approve the mast and we hope installation will take place in the
"We have already undertaken some wind analysis which shows
that there is a good wind resource at the site. The met mast is
needed to verify the information we have already gathered and
is a standard part of the development process in any wind farm."
month, Broadview completed its second round of consultation events
for its controversial Pilrow wind farm.
The site, which is located to the south of Rooksbridge village,
is still at an early stage in the development process and, over
the coming months, Broadview will be completing a range of environmental
and technical studies.
These studies will inform the final design of the site in terms
of turbine numbers, positioning and height. 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
Many local residents are opposed to the scheme, and Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported here on
a public meeting hekd last month where villagers voiced their