for campaigners as deadline passes for wind farm judicial review
living near the site of a controversial proposed wind farm near
Burnham-On-Sea have breathed a huge sigh of relief this week when
the deadline for a judicial review passed.
Energy wanted to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines on land
at Pilrow Farm in Rooksbridge.
this year, the Secretary
Of State Eric Pickles said the wind turbines would cause substantial
harm to the landscape and this outweighed the need for renewable
appeal against the planning refusals from Sedgemoor District Council
and the Planning Inspectorate were therefore dismissed - however
there remained the possibility until this week that the developer
would call for a judicial review to challenge the decision.
David James from the NoPilrow group, which has fought a long campaign
against the plans, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday (October
3rd): "At the end of July, the Secretary of State accepted
the recommendation of the Planning Inspector and dismissed Broadview's
Appeal against Sedgemoor District Council's refusal to grant consent
for the proposed Pilrow wind farm at Rooksbridge. Broadview had
six weeks in which to seek a judicial review; the time permitted
lapsed during the second week of September."
has been no announcement from Broadview that an application to
seek a judicial review had been filed at the High Court. Since
the ethos of Broadview is to build a good rapport with the local
community, it is reasonable for the residents of East Brent and
Rooksbridge and adjoining parishes, to assume there will not be
a judicial review."
is an understatement to say that members of NoPilrow as well as
most local residents are extremely relieved that the deadline
has expired. For three long anxious years the threat of a commercial
wind farm being built in one's backyard has hovered ominously.
The future plans of many families have been on hold throughout
those three years and it is to be hoped that the community can
now put this wind farm behind them and move on with their lives."
the jubilation and relief felt by the community is marred to a
degree by the possibility Broadview may consider submitting an
amended planning application to Sedgemoor District Council. When
the Secretary of State's decision was announced, Tom Cosgrove,
Project Manager of the proposed wind farm, said 'Seeing as the
Planning Inspector has recommended refusal on the basis of landscape
impact I think it is going to be difficult for us to take the
James added: "In light of these words, the community certainly
hopes the wind farm is now in the past. If Broadview sincerely
believes in having a good rapport with the community, then the
residents of East Brent and Rooksbridge deserve to be informed
of Broadview's intentions. Only when Broadview confirms the project
has been aborted, will the parishioners be able to return to their
everyday lives, liberated from the anxiety of an impending wind
farm on their doorstep."