wind farm developer lodges appeal over decision to reject plan
developer behind controversial plans to build a wind farm near
Burnham-On-Sea, has this week appealed to the Government's Planning
Inspectorate after the refusal of its planning application in
Energy wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines -
each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south of
But Sedgemoor District Council rejected
the scheme last month, with Planning Officer Rebecca Miller
saying the plans would "represent an unacceptable visual
intrusion into the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels, particularly
in respect of the harm to the views to and from Brent Knoll."
decision to appeal against the judgement comes after the culmination
of a detailed development process which it claims "demonstrated
that the Pilrow site is a good location for a wind farm."
it started its investigations in 2010, Broadview says it has consulted
extensively with a range of stakeholders including local residents,
Sedgemoor District Council and statutory consultees such as Natural
England, English Heritage and the Environment Agency.
Cosgrove, Project Manager for Broadview Energy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We continue to believe that the Pilrow site is an excellent
location for a wind farm of the size proposed. Sedgemoors
refusal of this application has come at a time when new electricity
generating infrastructure is needed more than ever.
country continues to face a serious and ever closer energy gap
and if the right decisions are not made now there will simply
not be enough power to go around."
"Therefore, it is important that decision makers are fully
aware of and afford appropriate weight to the countrys ambition
to increase its green energy supply and keep the lights on."
have carefully reviewed the reasons for refusal provided by Sedgemoor
Council and feel that the most appropriate course of action is
to seek a decision through the planning appeal process."
Should the wind farm be constructed, it could generate enough
electricity to meet the needs of up to 7,560 homes, making a contribution
towards increasing energy security and reducing emissions.
addition, Broadview is 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
from NoPilrow, the group fighting against the plans, say they
are disappointed by news of the appeal and they are gearing up
to air their opposition.