RSPB raises turbine concerns in letter

PUBLISHED: 11:22 21 December 2010 | UPDATED: 13:09 21 December 2010

The letter states the RSPB's objection to the planning application

The letter states the RSPB's objection to the planning application

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A NATIONAL wildlife charity has written a letter of objection to the planning application handed in by an energy company to build wind turbines near a Somerset village.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has written the objection about the developments proposed by Ecotricity near Poplar Farm in West Huntspill.

In the letter, the RSPB say that the blades of the proposed wind turbines, which would be spread across a half mile area, could be dangerous to flocks of birds flying between the Severn Estuary Special Protection Area and the Somerset Levels and Moors Special Protection Area.

Ecotricity spokesman Mike Cheshire said: “Having carried out over a full year’s worth of bird surveys, we are confident that the site is a suitable one for a wind park.

“We have been working with RSPB and Natural England who have seen all the data collected to date, and we’ve agreed to complete some further assessments on wider bird movements to give them added comfort when making their final consideration.”

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