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Campaigners await Pilrow wind farm decision
CAMPAIGNERS battling controversial plans for a wind farm near Burnham now have a nail-biting wait to hear if the Secretary of State gives the scheme the go-ahead.
Broadview Energy appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after Sedgemoor District Council blocked its plans for four 130m turbines at Pilrow Farm near Rooksbridge in April.
Broadview’s appeal against that decision began on January 8 at the Princess Theatre in Burnham and planning inspector Paul Jackson heard evidence from both sides before the end of the inquiry on January 17.
Representatives from Broadview presented evidence, as well as campaign group NoPilrow, which has been fighting the plans, and members of the public.
A spokesman from NoPilrow said: “The turbines would dominate and adversely affect the landscape and character of the area, particularly its open rural character.”
Concerns were also raised regarding the project’s impact on wildlife, the landscape, vibrations and property damage and traffic safety.
However, some people are favour of the plans, including Bob Cudlipp, who spoke at the inquiry. He told the Weekly News: “I’m in favour of all forms of renewable energy and anything that reduces carbon emissions, helping to protect against the effects of climate change.
“I think we should support green energy in our area.”
Tom Cosgrove, Broadview project manager, said upon launching the appeal: “We continue to believe the Pilrow site is an excellent location for a wind farm of the size proposed.”
The planning inspector will report within 26 weeks of the appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, for a final decision.