plan £50,000 battle to fight off Huntspill wind farm appeal
group of campaigners says it expects to have to raise up to £50,000
to fight a formal appeal by EDF and Ecotricity following yesterday's
rejection of their huge wind farm plans near Burnham-On-Sea.
District Council's Development Control Committee refused an application
by Ecotricity to place four turbines at Black Ditch in West Huntspill
and a second application by EDF Energy for five turbines at Withy
Farm in East Huntspill.
applications were refused on the grounds of visual impact and
insufficient evidence of the impact on the ecology of the area,
as we reported here.
Trott from the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group gave a guarded
welcome to the news, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All of
our supporters are extremely pleased with the outcome of Tuesday's
Development Committee meeting. The fact that the opinions of so
many local residents who live in this part of the Somerset Levels
was recognised is very much appreciated."
are aware that the applicants may well appeal against the council's
decision, though, which is when the hard work starts for us."
will inevitably have to raise in the region of £50,000 to
fight any such appeals."
do, however, remain positive that with the majority of people
living within the surrounding villages supporting us that this
will be achievable."
spokesman for Ecotricity said after Tuesday's meeting - which
was held in Burnham's Princess Theatre - that the firm was "disappointed"
with the decision and added"there
is certainly a strong case to appeal against the committee's decision."
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."