wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea is to be reduced in size
firm Broadview announced on Tuesday (January 10th) that its proposed
wind farm at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, is to be reduced
in size from six wind turbines to four.
Initial assessments had indicated that the site may be suitable
for a wind farm of six turbines with a height to the tip of the
blade of 140m.
However, following a site investigation and community consultation,
Broadview Energy has reduced the number of turbines to four and
the height to 130m.
made the announcement this afternoon as it unveiled the final
design for its proposed Pilrow wind farm.
Since June last year, Broadview has consulted with a number of
local stakeholders and consultees including residents, parish
councils, Sedgemoor District Council, Natural England, English
Heritage and the Environment Agency.
Tom Cosgrove, Project Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
wanted to get as much input from the local community as possible
through our various consultation events. Weve listened to
the feedback and, wherever possible, factored this into our final
is important to recognise that larger wind turbines produce more
sustainable electricity. However, it is equally important to balance
maximising the renewable energy benefits of the project against
minimising potential impacts on the local environment. By reducing
the size of the scheme, we believe that we have found the right
balance for the Pilrow site."
"Finding sites that are suitable for wind farms is a complex
process because there are many factors that need to be taken into
consideration. Following on from our initial detailed feasibility
work, our studies have continued to demonstrate that the Pilrow
site is an excellent location for a wind farm of this size."
Broadview will be holding a series of exhibitions in February
to enable residents to view the plans in more detail.
A visit to an existing wind farm is also being planned for February
which will give the community an opportunity to experience turbines
Detailed studies into the potential environmental impacts of
the proposed wind farm are ongoing and the findings will be included
in Broadviews planning application to Sedgemoor District
Council, which the company hopes to submit in the coming weeks.