of Burnham-On-Sea wind farm appeal delayed by 24 hours
appeal into controversial plans to build a huge wind farm near
Burnham-On-Sea - which was due to start on Tuesday - has been
delayed by 24 hours.
appeal will consider plans to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines
on land between Rooksbridge and Mark near Burnham, which were
turned down last year.
appeal against the wind farm's refusal, by energy firm Broadview
Energy, is being heard at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
in Burnham and was due to start on January 7th and last for up
to eight days.
Broadview's barrister was ill and so the start of the inquiry
was delayed until Wednesday (January 8th) instead.
large number of local people attended on Tuesday and will be returning
will also be a hearing in East Huntspill Village Hall next Tuesday
evening at 6pm when those unable to attend in the day will be
able to express their opinions.
says the wind farm could power 7,560 homes and the scheme, which
will see the company donate £2,500 per megawatt of capacity,
could generate up to £750,000 for community projects over
its 25-year lifetime.
plans have been fought all the way by the No Pilrow campaigning
group and local MP Tessa Munt, pictured right.
group is urging residents opposed to the scheme to attend the
size of these turbines cannot be mitigated against by landscaping
or other measures. This, together with the obvious danger to the
migratory bird population and other environmental issues, were
key factors in refusing this application," a spokesman told
He added: "NoPilrow, supported by local residents, have consistently
made these and other points over and over again during the last
Planning Inspector will consider evidence including written documents
and witnesses, before sending a report to the Secretary of State
for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles for a final
Sedgemoor District Council - planing application reference