Court throws out West Huntspill wind farm appeal by Ecotricity
proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea were thrown out
by the High Court on Tuesday (April 28th), delighting campaigners
fighting the scheme.
energy firm Ecotricity wanted to build a farm of huge wind turbines
at Black Ditch in West Huntspill, as pictured in the photomontage
told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are "pleased and relieved"
that the long-running plans have been finally thrown out by the
High Court in London after five years of discussions.
scheme was initially turned down by Sedgemoor District Council
but the company appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, which held
an inquiry in 2013.
inspector concluded that the turbines should be built, but Secretary
of State Eric Pickles over-ruled that recommendation and threw
out the plans in 2014.
appealed against the Secretary of State's decision to over rule
the Planning Inspectorate's recommendation. A hearing was held
at the High Court in London last year when the judge dismissed
then in a final, last-ditch attempt to get the decision by the
Secretary of State reversed, Ecotricity appealed to the High Court
again, prompting this week's hearing.
argued that the Secretary of State shouldn't have over-ruled the
inspector without visiting the site, but the judge said he in
fact had all the information needed to make a decision. A further
claim that the Secretary of State had not interpreted the planning
policy correctly was also turned down this week.
spokeswoman for the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, which has
long campaigned against the plans, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on
Tuesday evening (April 28th): "We are very pleased that the
appeal has been dismissed. It is highly likely that this ends
the campaign to blight our countryside in this location at least."
residents in this area will be hugely relieved by this decision,
which will hopefully end a five-year battle to stop the proposals."
resident Bob Filmer added: "I'm very pleased by this news,
which is the right decision locally and nationally. I'm hopeful
that it is the final hurdle for this site and that it is gives
some clarity to the position."
separate plans for five wind turbines from EDF Energy at nearby
Withy End are still under consideration by Sedgemoor District