blow to Huntspill wind farm campaigners as appeal is lodged
who have been fighting controversial proposals for a wind farm
near Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a fresh blow this week after
the company wanting to build the site lodged an appeal against
a decision to reject the scheme.
energy firm Ecotricity wants to install four wind turbines at
West Huntspill, but its scheme was turned down by Sedgemoor District
Council and the company appealed to the Planning Inspectorate,
which held an inquiry last year.
inspector concluded that the turbines should be put up, but Secretary
of State Eric Pickles over-ruled that recommendation and threw
out the plans earlier this year.
Ecotricty appealed against the Secretary of State's decision to
over rule the Planning Inspectorate's recommendation and refuse
the application. A hearing was held at the High Court in London
month when the judge dismissed Ecotricity's appeal, saying
there was no case to overturn the Secretary of State's decision.
week, though, Ecotricity has launched a final appeal against that
decision in a last-ditch attempt to get approval for the wind
are very disappointed that Ecotrocity is once again launching
an appeal and challenging the decision," Julie Trott, who
has long campaigned against the plans in her role on the Huntspill
Wind Farm Action Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday (July
"I can't say we are surprised - we were expecting the firm
to lodge an appeal, but we are disappointed that this long drawn-out
process is now to be further extended."
Ecotricity spokesman said: "We believe the Black Ditch site
is absolutely an appropriate location for four wind turbines and
it was clear to us that there were discrepancies in the Secretary
of State's decision to dismiss our appeal."
in Rooksbridge are also waiting to see whether the Planning Inspectorate
gives the go-ahead for the equally controversial Pilrow Farm wind
farm application by Broadview Energy.
Campaigners were celebrating last month after the original news