victory in a week for campaigners as EDF wind farm is rejected
fighting against plans for wind farms in the Burnham-On-Sea area
have welcomed a second victory in a week after EDF's plans were
turned down by Sedgemoor District Council just days after Ecotricity's
proposals were thrown out by the High Court.
latest appeal against the Secretary of State's decision to reject
their application for four wind turbines at West Huntspill was
rejected in the High Court last Tuesday (28th April), as we first
on Friday, Sedgemoor refused planning permission for the proposed
EDF wind farm development at Withy End, Causeway, Woolavington.
reasons for refusal were an unacceptable intrusion on the flat
landscape; an unacceptable cumulative effect on the landscape
when combined with other non-wind developments; and the potential
harm to biodiversity such as birds on the flight path between
the Severn Estuary and Somerset Levels.
Nethercott from the Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"While we can be very pleased with this result, we must be
mindful that EDF has six months to appeal against this decision."
have been fighting wind farm applications from these developers
since November 2009. The initial applications were refused by
Sedgemoor but Ecotricity appealed against that decision and EDF,
while not submitting an appeal at that time, came back with a
further planning application in January 2014."
have been many meetings, planning hearings, challenges, appeals
and High Court visits. All of these have a huge cost implication.
The Huntspill Wind farm Action Group raised approximately £20,000
through fundraising events and the generosity of donors. This
paid for leaflet drops, information boards and we contributed
towards some costs during the Planning Inspectors visit."