Campaigners win battle against West Huntspill wind farm

The Planning Inspectorate rejected Ecotricity's plans to build the wind farm in West Huntspill.

The Planning Inspectorate rejected Ecotricity's plans to build the wind farm in West Huntspill.

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting against plans to build a wind farm in West Huntspill have won after the plans were thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate.

An application by Ecotricity for four 120m turbines on land south of Poplar Farm, known as Black Ditch, was rejected by Sedgemoor councillors last April.

Ecotricity appealed against the decision but today had their appeal rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.

Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater, said: “It’s very good news indeed because it’s the right decision.

“It was in a ridiculous place and local people quite rightly have had their say. It’s a job well done and congratulations to all those people for keeping up the fight.”

Ecotricity have six weeks to make a High Court challenge against the Secretary of State’s decision if they feel sufficiently aggrieved and have valid grounds to do so.

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12:21am Thu 27 Feb 14

stockwoodpete says...

According to the BBC, the Planning Inspectorate support the wind farm - it's their political boss, Eric Pickles, who overruled them. Heaven help us.

This seems extraordinary in an area that's at the sharp end of climate change, with a nuclear power station on its doorstep and another one to come, and a busy, noisy, polluting motorway passing right through it. I despair.
According to the BBC, the Planning Inspectorate support the wind farm - it's their political boss, Eric Pickles, who overruled them. Heaven help us. This seems extraordinary in an area that's at the sharp end of climate change, with a nuclear power station on its doorstep and another one to come, and a busy, noisy, polluting motorway passing right through it. I despair. stockwoodpete
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10:45am Thu 27 Feb 14

MartinB58 says...

Well I for one am glad these turbines will not be happening. Now need to see the same decision for the ones proposed by EDF at Withy Farm (Woolavington/East Huntspill) that are currently with Sedgemoor District Council planners.

I am not saying that I am opposed to wind turbines but there are right and wrong places for them. In this instance, the flat open landscape of the Somerset Levels along with the close proximity to residential areas and AONBs is simply the wrong place. This is without looking at the ecological issues with the proposed turbines sitting directly in the path of migratory birds that visit the levels.
Well I for one am glad these turbines will not be happening. Now need to see the same decision for the ones proposed by EDF at Withy Farm (Woolavington/East Huntspill) that are currently with Sedgemoor District Council planners. I am not saying that I am opposed to wind turbines but there are right and wrong places for them. In this instance, the flat open landscape of the Somerset Levels along with the close proximity to residential areas and AONBs is simply the wrong place. This is without looking at the ecological issues with the proposed turbines sitting directly in the path of migratory birds that visit the levels. MartinB58
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1:56pm Thu 27 Feb 14

twinkles says...

Wind farms. Don't they need wind? Are the Somerset levels exposed areas, prone to windy conditions? Thought not.
Wind farms. Don't they need wind? Are the Somerset levels exposed areas, prone to windy conditions? Thought not. twinkles
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7:45pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Absolute travesty flat uninspiring landscape where the wind doesn't half blow and where four wind turbines would improve the visual outlook. I really do not get this charge that wind farms are unattractive.
Absolute travesty flat uninspiring landscape where the wind doesn't half blow and where four wind turbines would improve the visual outlook. I really do not get this charge that wind farms are unattractive. Bridgy old Boy
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