wind farm campaigners face nervous wait as appeal finishes
fighting proposals to build four 130m-tall wind turbines near
Burnham-On-Sea have a nervous wait to see whether the scheme will
get the final go-ahead following the end of an appeal hearing
on Friday (January 17th).
on all sides of the debate have been heard during the course of
the ten day appeal by Planning Inspector Paul Jackson.
hearing has been considering whether Sedgemoor District Council's
decision last year to reject Broadview Energy's planned wind farm
at Pilrow Farm, near Rooksbridge, should be overturned.
from Broadview presented evidence during the public inquiry and
other parties, including the campaign group NoPilrow and representatives
from East Brent Parish Council, also made statements against the
claims the turbines would "dominate and adversely affect
the landscape character of the area - particularly its open rural
those airing views was Nicola Collins of East Brent whose family
has farmed for four generations in the area. She told the appeal
that she has "grave concerns" about the plans, asking
"why must this unique and amazing site be put at risk?"
Christian of Yew Tree Nursery expressed "deep concerns"
about the impact on local wildlife.
Simon Tidswell told the appeal he is also concerned about the
impact the wind farm would have on the local bird population.
"The wind turbines' blades would pose a serious threat,"
John Sturman was one of a small number of people who spoke out
in favour of the scheme during the appeal. "It's such a shame
that nimbyism is hurting the growth of wind farms," he said.
claimed that Brent Knoll is an "industrially farmed landscape
dominated by the motorway" and that the wind farm would have
no impact. "In fact, I think the turbines would add interest
to what is a flat landscape," he said.
Hare of Rooksbridge, who lives near the site, told the appeal
he is concerned that construction of the wind farm would lead
to vibration and damage to his property due to heavy goods vehicles
accessing the site.
Nigel Lloyd Jones and David Maund also spoke out against the plans,
citing traffic safety concerns.
public inquiry began on January 8th and finished on Friday 17th.
The planning inspector also carried out a site visit to see the
proposed wind farm location for himself.
Planning Inspectorate aims to give a decision within 26 weeks
of the appeal. However, because the Secretrary of State has called
this in, it will be his ultimate decision later in the year.