Controversial plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea were submitted to district planners on Wednesday afternoon.

Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively reported on Monday that the bid would reach planners this week – and that’s just what happened on Wednesday.

A courier delivered a huge bundle of papers from Ecotricity, the company behind the scheme, to Sedgemoor District Council in Bridgwater.

Claire Faun, spokeswoman for the council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It’s a huge application; the size of a filing cabinet that will take several days to check and sort through.”

“It will probably be a few months before planners get to decide on the issue. With all major applications like this, we will spend a lot of time consulting with all interested parties.”

The huge scheme involves building five wind turbines on land at Edithmead, near Brent Knoll.

Planners now have up to 16 weeks before they have to get back to Ecotricity with a decision – one that could dramatically change the appearance of the landscape around Burnham.

Included in today’s submission is a brand new photomontage image – pictured above for the first time – which shows how the wind turbines would look if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The news comes after months of campaigning by the ‘kNOll to Wind Farm’ pressure group, which is against the scheme.

A pro-wind group, FORCE, has backed Ecotricity’s proposals, saying they are in the best interests of the environment.

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