New wind farm plans announced

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 June 2011

The plan would see six wind turbines built at the site

The plan would see six wind turbines built at the site

© José Luis Gutiérrez

A WIND farm could be built on land near Rooksbridge, after a company announced it was carrying out surveys in the area.

Renewable energy company Broadview Energy Limited says it is in the early stages of looking at a site near to the village, and will be consulting residents about the plans in the coming month.

The plans would see a farm called Pilrow wind farm containing six wind turbines built on land to the east of the M5, and about 1km south of Rooksbridge.

From June 13 the company will be touring the area with a mobile exhibition vehicle to gauge the opinion of residents, and will compile an environmental impact assessment ahead of any application to Sedgemoor District Council.

Other bodies such as English Heritage, Natural England and the Lower Axe Drainage Board will also be consulted.

Project manager Tom Cosgrove said: “We are at a very early stage with our plans and are keen to hear people’s thoughts and give the local community an opportunity to have their say in our plans.

“We believe the nature of the landscape to the east of Brent Knoll, which is dominated by man-made features such as the M5, has the capacity to accommodate a small wind farm.”

The company is currently writing to residents with details of dates and locations for consultation events, while more information can be found at www.pilrowwindfarm.com

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