November 12, 2005
Brent Knoll wind farm application is delayed by power company
Plans to build a new wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll, as pictured above, have been delayed.
Ecotricity, the company behind the scheme, had intended to submit its plans for five 65m tall turbines to district planners by the end of November.
However, delays in gathering information from all interested parties now mean the proposal will not be heard until the end of the year at the earliest.
Ecotricity spokesman Jamie Baldwin said: “We consult with all sorts of agencies, from the aviation industry to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Quite often we don’t get all the information back and things come in late. We need more time to compile our application.”
If approved, Ecotricity says the wind farm would produce enough electricity to power 8,000 homes.
Although the proposal is supported by some residents in the area, others have concerns about the potential environmental, safety, economic and social impacts. An action group called ‘kNOll to Windfarm’ has been set up by Brent Knoll residents to fight the plans.
Ecotricity is set to hold an open day at Burnham Scout HQ at the BASC Ground, off Stoddens Lane, on Tuesday November 15th between 10.30am and 8pm, when residents can find out more.