wind farm plans near Burnham are rejected
plans to build a wind farm comprising of nine huge turbines near
Burnham-On-Sea were thrown out by district councillors on Tuesday.
to 170 people crowded into the Princess Theatre in Burnham for
a special meeting of Sedgemoor's development control to consider
the EDF and Ecotricity plans, both of which had been recommended
for approval by the council.
wanted to place four turbines at Black Ditch, which is land to
the south of Poplar Farm in West Huntspill.
second application from EDF Energy involved putting up five turbines
at Withy Farm in East Huntspill.
applications were refused on grounds of visual impact and insufficient
evidence of the impact on the ecology of the area.
500 residents campaigned against both applications on the grounds
the turbines would be too high and too close to their homes.
spokesman for Ecotricity said the firm was "disappointed"
with the decision. "After
carrying out extensive assessments, analysing potential impacts
on the landscape, ecology and ornithology, we are still confident
the site is a highly appropriate one to harness the power of the
wind and help fight against climate change.
shall closely consider our options, but there is certainly a strong
case to appeal against the committee's decision."
Trott, from Huntspill Windfarm Action Group, said: "I'm thrilled,
I'm over the moon, it couldn't have gone better."
120-strong audience at Tuesday's meeting in the Princess Theatre
and, above, council committee chairman Bob Filmer