wind farm campaign group vows to fight planning appeal
have vowed to step up their fight against controversial plans
to build a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea after the firm behind
the scheme this week submitted an appeal to the Government's Planning
Energy wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines -
each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south of
Sedgemoor District Council rejected
the scheme last month, but Broadview has this week submitted
a formal appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to overturn
Maund from the No Pilrow group said the group will be fighting
the appeal. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Sedgemoor's
refusal was based on two clear grounds. Firstly, that the turbines
would 'represent an unacceptable visual intrusion into the landscape
and would be contrary to National Planning Policy Framework paragraph
114 and Policy D4 and D14 of the Sedgemoor District Core Strategy'.
Secondly, that Sedgemoor was 'unable to conclude that there will
not be a significant effect upon bird population' sited in in
the Severn Estuary."
the first ground, SDC planners were supported by statutory consultants
including Natural England, English Heritage and the Environment
Agency together with representation from the National Trust and
the SCC Landscape Officer."
second stated case was also the view of the RSPB and, whilst Broadview
were given the opportunity to carry out further survey work, and
indeed did a series of radar studies over a number of nights,
they have failed to produce any fresh data supporting their application
on this issue. The inference is obvious."
went on to say: "From the Broadview Energy's website it would
appear that their spokesman and project manager for this site
are basing the appeal on the need 'to keep the lights on'. Obviously
he has no answer to the genuine grounds of refusal submitted by
the Sedgemoor planners."
is a complete farce. During the recent severe spring cold spell
lasting over a month, and to a certain extent still with us, electrical
energy supplied by wind farms throughout the UK amounted to an
average of less than 25% of their potential output and at times
for considerable periods was reduced to less than 2% of possible
wind energy is producing less than 10% of its possible output
and we are buying from the French nuclear industry twice as much
as that supplied by wind turbines at inflated prices."
figure of wind output quoted are for wind farms throughout the
UK and include the windier areas of Scotland, Northern England,
the Welsh mountains and all offshore capacity. This area of Somerset
has nowhere near the average wind speeds of these others as Broadviews
own wind speed data clearly shows."
energy will never do anything to keep the 'lights on' because
of their inefficiency and intermittent output."