Conservative says Pilrow wind farm would 'scar countryside'
Tory parliamentary candidate has this week attacked plans for
a proposed new wind farm.
Heappey, pictured, told this week's continuing appeal hearing
into the Pilrow wind farm that the planned 130 metre-tall wind
turbines would "scar the countryside" around Brent Knoll.
my mind, it has always been deeply unfortunate that Broadview
have considered trying to site these enormous turbines on a landscape
that offers absolutely nothing to hide them," he said.
local economy depends to a large degree on tourism and yet from
the moment one crosses into Somerset on the M5 southbound these
turbines would be in view. They would scar our countryside, ruin
views to and from Brent Knoll and all for an amount of energy
that is dwarfed by that to be produced at Hinkley Point C."
are also far less reliable than what could be generated if we
turned away from wind and towards the untapped tidal resources
that are just three miles further to the west."
continued: "In East Brent, Brent Knoll, Rooksbridge, Biddisham,
Tarnock, Edingworth, Badgworth and the Allertons, I have found
hardly anyone who supports this proposal. Indeed, I'm not sure
I've seen a campaign group that is more fully supported within
its community than No Pilrow."
the planning application was rejected by Sedgemoor District Council,
the councillors - our locally elected representatives - were not
exercising their own private agendas nor were they being partisan."
stood unanimous, across party lines and whether they represented
an 'affected' ward or not, in their rejection of the proposal
because they knew what was best for this area and they knew that
they had the overwhelming support of local people."
Pickles has recently tweaked the direction to planning authorities
so that local views must be valued. As a local resident and as
a conduit for wider public opinion, I cannot imagine a circumstance
where a community and their elected representatives could possibly
put forward a more united and compelling opposition to this proposal.
They have spoken with one voice at every stage in this planning
application and they have said, resoundingly, 'No'."
Heappey urged Planning Inspector Paul Jackson "to heed Mr
Pickles's advice and recommend back to him that their decision