'Rising costs won't blow Burnham wind farm plan off course' -
pound proposals for a controversial new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea
will be formally submitted to planners over the next few weeks,
quashing rumours that the scheme is about to be shelved due to
rising costs and delays.
farm developer Broadview told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that
it is finalising its planning application for four 130 metre wind
turbines, each as tall as Brent Knoll, on land south of Rooksbridge
near to the M5 motorway.
Buck, Broadview's Development Manager, admitted that the project
is running several months behind schedule and that costs have
increased, but he said that the work has been delayed to "ensure
the environmental assessments are thorough and robust".
added: "Delays with large, complex infrastructure projects
like this are not uncommon."
denied rumours circulating among some residents that the delay
and cost has prompted Broadview to consider pulling out of the
are certainly not pulling out of this location," he said.
"We have invested in the programme and our assessments show
the site is suitable for a wind farm. Any talk of us withdrawing
is nothing but rumour."
pllanning application is not far away. It's almost complete and
is just a few weeks away from completion."
Buck also denied that the firm is considering scaling back the
size of the development to make it less obtrusive. "There
is no plan for this at this stage - we have put forward the most
appropriate plans for the site and have finalised our design."
contentious scheme - which was initially due to be submitted to
Sedgemoor District Council in January - has attracted strong opposition
from local residents and a campaign group, No Pilrow, has put
up a strong fight against the scheme.