bids to reverse multi-million pound wind farm decision
firm Ecotricity has this week submitted an appeal to the Planning
Inspectorate in a bid to reverse Sedgemoor District Council's
decision to reject controversial plans for four huge wind turbines
application at Black Ditch in West Huntspill was turned down in
April by district councillors voting 9 votes to four due to landscape
and biodiversity concerns, as reported here.
wants to overturn the decision in a 'last ditch' attempt to build
the wind farm south of Poplar Farm.
spokesman Nick Osbourne told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "The
council's grounds for rejection certainly give us good reason
council's own Planning Officer concluded that the landscape could
accommodate the turbines, and with regards to any potential impact
on protected species, we are confident that appropriate conditions
and agreements can be put in place to address any concerns."
added: "We fully believe that Black Ditch is an appropriate
site for a wind farm of this size, and it is another important
step in fighting both climate change and an over reliance on expensive
imported fossil fuels. The four proposed wind turbines would produce
enough energy to power the equivalent of 6,769 homes all
through clean, green renewable means."
opposed to the plans say they are disappointed that Ecotricity
has submitted the appeal.
Trott of the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The appeal is directed at Sedgemoor District Council and
we are sure they will defend their decision vehemently. The action
group will support the council in any way it can."
we are confident of winning the appeal we must not be complacent
as we believe that if the Black Ditch appeal is successful it
would only be a matter of time before another application is submitted
for the Withy Farm site or one close to it, and then the one at
Rooksbridge, then Burtle, Meare, Westhay and Shapwick."
added: "Of the local people that wrote to the council, 97%
were against the wind farms. All six of the parish councils objected
and the district council objected. It would be a travesty of democracy
if the Planning Inspectorate ignored this."