Pilrow wind farm scheme near Burnham-On-Sea rejected
fighting plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating
after Sedgemoor District Council rejected a controversial planning
application on Monday (April 8th) for the proposed wind turbines.
firm Broadview wanted to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines
- each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south
Sedgemoor 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."
Her report continues: "A defining characteristic of this
part of the Somerset Levels is their flat and level nature; the
verticality of the proposed turbines will be at odds with this
character and will significantly undermine it."
character of the landscape will be significantly undermined and
harmed in a location which constitutes a key gateway to Somerset.
This adverse landscape impact cannot be mitigated against with
additional landscaping or other measures."
"The local planning authority is of the opinion that the
visual harm that would occur to the landscape would not be outweighed
by the benefits that the development would bring in terms of tackling
climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions."
Tessa Munt, who has backed those campaigning against the proposals,
said: "A large number of people who live close to the proposed
Pilrow site have contacted me about this proposal. They are unanimous
in their opposition to the plans. They are not opposed to wind
turbines in general, but they do not believe this is the correct
am, and remain, in favour of renewable energy, but proposals must
be appropriate for the surrounding area. There are alternatives
which could be explored like off-shore wind, tidal power and solar
power, none of which would have the impact of this proposal."