Plans for wind turbines as tall as Brent Knoll are formally submitted
multi-million pound plans for a major new wind farm on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea have been formally submitted to Sedgemoor District
Council this week.
controversial proposed Pilrow wind farm is to be located on agricultural
land adjacent to the M5, between the villages of Rooksbridge and
proposals from energy firm Broadview are for a wind farm comprising
four 130 metre tall wind turbines - each as tall as Brent Knoll
- and associated infrastructure, which Broadview says could generate
enough clean electricity for approximately 5,300 households.
the development process, Broadview has consulted with key stakeholders
including English Heritage, local councils, residents, community
representatives and a range of other organisations.
addition to the consultation, Broadview says it has carried out
a number of extensive environmental and technical assessments
to examine the possible effects of the scheme, covering noise,
landscape, cultural heritage, transport and nature conservation.
has also met opposition from local campaigners from the No Pilrow
group and Burnham's MP Tessa Munt, right, who claim the scheme
would harm the visual impact of the area.
Broadview spokeswoman said: "The proposal, which is now before
Sedgemoor District Council, has been formulated as a product of
the detailed site investigations and wide reaching consultation
have demonstrated that the Pilrow site is an excellent location
for the proposed wind farm, which has been designed in line with
the relevant planning policy and guidance, and is capable of making
a valuable contribution towards reducing both carbon emissions
and our dependence on imported fossil fuels."
District Council's planning team will now undertake a wide ranging
consultation exercise with a number of organisations, as well
as local residents, before making a decision on the proposal.
Cosgrove, Project Manager for the proposed Pilrow wind farm, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have looked very carefully at the
Pilrow site and we feel that it is an ideal location for a small
number of wind turbines. The application is thorough and informed
by a comprehensive range of detailed technical and environmental
proposal that we have submitted has been developed with full regard
to relevant national and local planning guidance and we have adapted
the plans in light of our consultations."
turbines can generate clean electricity for many years to come
and, importantly, if the scheme is approved, the local area can
expect to receive financial support for community-based projects.
We are proposing a community fund of £2,500 per MW of installed
capacity each year over the wind farms 25 year lifetime,
which could amount to between £500,000 and £750,000.
We now look to Sedgemoor District Council to grant planning permission
for the wind farm."
planning application will be available for public viewing at the
council offices in Bridgwater and can be downloaded from Broadviews
dedicated project website.
Photomontages of how the wind farm could look near to Burnham