celebrate judge's rejection of Huntspill wind farm plans
who have been fighting controversial proposals for a wind farm
near Burnham-On-Sea have been celebrating this week after a decision
by a High Court judge to reject the scheme.
energy firm Ecotricity wanted 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
first reported here,
a hearing was held at the High Court in London last Friday when
the judge dismissed Ecotricity's appeal, saying there was no case
to overturn the Secretary of State's decision.
has said this week that it is now considering its options regarding
a third appeal.
are disappointed by the decision. 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," said a spokesperson.
Trott, who has long campaigned against the plans in her role on
the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
she was "delighted" by the judgement. "I and many
residents are absolutely delighted by this decision which is the
right decision for our area," she said.
in Rooksbridge are also waiting to see whether the court ruling
has any impact on the Planning Inspectorate's consideration of
the Pilrow Farm wind farm application by Broadview Energy.