Wind farm reduction for Rooksbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 January 2012

Broadview Energy plan to reduce the number and size of its turbines.

Broadview Energy plan to reduce the number and size of its turbines.

David Maud

BROADVIEW Energy has decided to reduce the number and height of its turbines for a proposed wind farm in Somerset after consulting with the community.

After initial assessments the company thought the Pilrow site, near Rooksbridge, would be suitable for six wind turbines, with a height of 140m, but after further investigation and talking to residents the number has been reduced to four, with a height of 130m.

Tom Cosgrove, project manager, said: “We wanted to get as much input from the community as possible and we’ve listened to the feedback and, wherever possible, factored this into our final proposal.

“It is important to balance the renewable energy benefits against minimising potential impacts on the environment. “By reducing the size of the scheme, we believe that we have found the right balance for the Pilrow site.”

Nick Woolmington, a member of NoPilrow, said the change in size to the wind farm will make no difference to the committee’s opposition to the site.

He said: “At 130m high the turbines will still be the same height as the Knoll, taking ground level height of the site into account, and will still be a massive and monstrous visual intrusion into the surrounding area.”

In February Broadview will be holding a series of exhibitions to enable residents to view the plans in more detail. A visit to an existing wind farm is also being planned for February which will give the community an opportunity to see the turbines in operation.

Detailed studies into the potential environmental impacts of the proposed wind farm are ongoing and the findings will be included in Broadview’s planning application to Sedgemoor District Council, which the company hopes to submit in the in a few weeks.

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