Pilrow wind farm developer considers planning appeal
developer behind plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea
says it is considering an appeal after Sedgemoor District Council
this week rejected its controversial planning application for four
giant wind turbines.
Energy wanted to construct the 130-metre tall wind turbines -
each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south of
Sedgemoor's Planning Officer Rebecca Miller said Broadview's scheme
at Pilrow 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"
and rejected it this week, as reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
Tom Cosgrove, Project Manager for Broadview Energy, pictured top,
said the firm is now "currently considering its options for
the site" and that an appeal is possible.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The UK has an urgent need for
new electricity generating plant and, if approved, the Pilrow
wind farm would have made a valuable contribution to increasing
our energy security and reducing carbon emissions."
is our view that Sedgemoor District Council failed to properly
take account of this in making its decision on the application
and we continue to believe this to be an excellent location for
a wind farm."
change is an inevitable consequence of building tall structures
such as wind turbines, however, the expansion of wind energy remains
central to UK energy policy."
decision makers must carefully consider in each instance whether
the countrys ambition to increase its green energy supply
and keep the lights on outweighs that visual change."
Broadview says that had the wind farm been constructed, it could
have generated enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 7,560
homes, making an important contribution towards increasing energy
security and reducing emissions.
addition, Broadview was proposing a community fund of £2,500
per MW of installed capacity each year over the wind farms
25 year lifetime, which could have amounted to between £500,000