wind farm fight near Burnham is won as EDF drops appeal
farm campaigners near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week
after their long-running battle against EDF Energy's plans came
to an end.
EDF's proposals for five huge wind turbines on land just off the
Causeway in East Huntspill were originally rejected by Sedgemoor
District Council in May this year, but the firm had six months
to appeal - and that date passed this week without an appeal being
lodged, so the scheme has been dropped.
members of the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group said it marks
the end of a six-year fight against two wind farm applications
from EDF and Ecotricity.
Huntspill Wind farm Action Group raised approximately £20,000
through fundraising events and from donors to pay for leaflet
drops, information boards and its costs during the Planning Inspectors
Wakefield, Chairman of the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "As the deadline for EDF to
appeal has now passed we can announce that the campaign to stop
the wind farms is finally over."
been a long six year fight that would have been lost without the
amazing public support and the hard work and dedication of the
succeed in fighting one wind farm would be a great achievement
but to defeat two applications at the same time is something we
can all be very proud of."
thanked all the supporters who have given their backing over the
years, and gave a special mention to the late Julie Trott, who
was the group's very passionate communications officer. "On
behalf of the Action Group I would like to thank all that supported
the cause and a special mention for Julie who is no doubt smiling
from above and can rest in peace," he added.
plan was originally rejected by Sedgemoor District Council, but
the firm came back with a further planning application in January
2014, which was turned down this year. Two of the key reasons
for refusal were an "unacceptable intrusion on the flat landscape"
and the "potential harm to biodiversity", such as birds
on the flight path between the Severn Estuary and Somerset Levels.
Bob Filmer added this week: "The government's legislation
has changed on wind farms since these schemes were first lodged.
They now require the support of the local community to succeed.
The government has come good and given the community more of a
A photomontage of how the wind farm would have looked