plans for new wind farm near Burnham set for approval
plans to build nine wind turbines on farmland near Burnham-On-Sea
look set to be approved by Sedgemoor District Council next week.
550 complaints from residents, the council's planning officer
has recommended that the contentious schemes from Ecotricity and
EDF near East Huntspill should be granted permission when they
are considered at a district council meeting in Burnham on Tuesday
wants to build four 120m tall huge turbines on land to the south
of Poplar Farm in West Huntspill, known locally as Black Ditch,
while EDF is seeking approval for five turbines at Withy Farm
in East Huntspill.
schemes have been opposed by MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, local parish
councils and county councillor Mark Healey on the grounds that
they will adversely impact the landscape, affect wildlife and
cause noise - but no objections have been raised by Natural England,
Somerset Wildlife Trust or Sedgemoor's Conservation Officer.
recommendation to approve the schemes has this week been attacked
by John Wakefield, Chairman of the West Huntspill Wind Farm Action
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Considering that 98% of the responses
from local people and all six of the Parish Councils objected
to the wind farms it does raise the question of what kind of democracy
we live in."
the commercial aspects of wind farms are not a planning issue
- otherwise the applications would have been thrown out long ago
as they produce next to nothing and save no carbon emissions whatsoever."
wind farms lie directly in the flight path of birds that migrate
from the Special Protection Areas on the levels to their feeding
grounds in the Bristol Channel. The proposed 'solution' to the
potential carnage is to build the turbines and see how many birds
hard to fathom the logic of this and besides how can this be workable
when foxes and birds of prey can remove the carcasses before anyone
knows that they are there and the only people with access to the
land have a vested interest?"
we can hope for is that as many people as possible turn up at
the Princess Theatre in Burnham at 9.30am on Tuesday and make
their voices heard. We hope the members listen and do the right
thing in refusing the applications from those who are only interested
in lining their pockets."
District Council's planning officer says in his report on the
scheme: "The proposed wind farm and associated infrastructure
will not significantly undermine the character or appearance of
the local landscape by virtue of its urban fringe context, surrounding
waste, industrial development and major transport infrastructure,
and by virtue of the nature of the proposed development itself."
will not be an unacceptably adverse impact on the character or
appearance of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
(AONB) or the Quantock Hills AONB and views into and out of those
AONBs will not be adversely affected."
proposal will also not have an adverse impact on legally protected
species or sites designated as being of ecological or biodiversity
importance subject to robust post-construction monitoring and
turbines will not generate unacceptable levels of noise and should
specified noise limits be exceeded, mitigation measures will ensure
that the amenity of local residents is protected."
Development Control Committee will consider the proposals in detail
on Tuesday 24th April in Burnham's Princess Theatre in Princess
Street from 9.30am.
council told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the meeting is being held
in a larger, nearer venue to the application sites because of
the anticipated level of public interest.
the huge proposed Huntspill wind turbines would look if they were
built on Weston seafront, according to protesters fighting the