300 complaints lodged against wind farm plans near Burnham
of people have lodged formal objections against controversial
plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea.
firm Broadview wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines
- each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south
than 300 letters, of which over 95% are opposed to the scheme,
have been lodged with Sedgemoor District Council's planning department.
Maund, spokesman for the wind farm protest group No Pilrow, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "The few letters supporting
the development, with the exception of one, seem to be either
from people who are not local and will not be adversely affected,
or from people who appear to have been recruited on the streets
residents have been bolstered by the tremendous support given
by MP Tessa Munt and County Councillor John Denbee. The Parish
Councils of Badgworth, Chapel Allerton, Compton Bishop, Mark,
Brent Knoll and East Brent and Rooksbridge have all objected to
the proposal, further demonstrating the strength of opposition."
the outset of our campaign, NoPilrow has said the vast majority
of residents did not want this industrial wind farm forced upon
them. The wind farm would despoil our beautiful landscape and
this has been clearly recognised by the people who represent us
at all levels, including Tessa Munt who recently met members of
NoPilrow. This endorsement from our representatives and residents
alike proves conclusively that NoPilrow is right."
Maund added: "The vast majority of comments on the Sedgemoor
Planning site are objections to this proposed wind farm, clearly
illustrating the wishes of the community. It gives NoPilrow an
unquestionable mandate to continue its opposition. Although the
official deadline for comments has expired, it is still possible
to send in objections to the Planning Officer by email quoting
Sedgemoor Planning Application 24/12/00018."
But Tom Cosgrove, Broadview's Project Manager, added: "Our
recent experience on the streets of Burnham has been that the
majority of people asked, both residents and tourists, were in
favour of the proposals. If you take away all the scaremongering
and hype being pedalled by a minority of vocal campaigners, this
is a proposal to generate green electricity from a sustainable,
domestic resource, a principle which the majority of the British
public are in favour of. Broadviews proposal has been designed
in accordance with the relevant planning policy and guidance,
and through decreasing carbon emissions and securing a domestic,
renewable source of electricity, will help to create an important
legacy for future generations."