throws out appeal for controversial Huntspill wind farm plans
proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea were dealt a further
blow by a High Court judge on Friday (June 27th), delighting campaigners
fighting 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
hearing was held at the High Court in London on Friday when the
judge dismissed Ecotricity's appeal, saying there was no case
to overturn the Secretary of State's decision.
Trott, pictured, 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.
and many residents are absolutely delighted by this decision which
is the right decision for our area," she said.
district councillor Bob Filmer, who chairs the council's planning
committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he too is pleased with the
court's decision endorses the local view of Sedgemoor District
Council and the judgement of Eric Pickles in turning down the
scheme. It's great news for those residents who were concerned
by the plans."
in Rooksbridge are now waiting to see whether the court ruling
has any impact on the Planning Inspectorate's consideraion of
the Pilrow Farm wind farm site.
a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government,
the Secretary of State said earlier this year he was turning down
the Black Ditch plans because they would have had a "significant
adverse impact on local landscape character, scenic quality and
distinctive landscape features".
added that while the scheme "offers a considerable benefit"
in meeting the need for renewable energy, "the harm that
this scheme would cause to the landscape and visual impact"
outweighed the benefits.