A government planning inspector was told how a wind farm proposed for the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea would generate noise and other adverse effects on the second day of an appeal hearing into the scheme.
A large crowd of supporters and opponents of the project listened to evidence from several speakers at Burnham’s Princess Hall as the eight-day appeal hearing continued.
Planning inspector Robin Brooks of The Planning Inspectorate was told by Sedgemoor District Council’s Nick Tait that the scheme could cause “significant impact to residents” and that the “setting, character and tranquility of Brent Knoll will be altered significantly.”
Sedgemoor District Council’s Environmental Health Officer Francis Ball then spoke about the potential environmental effects of the scheme. He focused on the noise likely to be generated by the wind turbines and said that while some noise would be created, it may not be a problem as noise tolerance varies from person to person. He cited several cases from around the UK where wind farms had created complaints about sleep deprivation and other issues.
The appeal hearing is due to run for eight days. Ecotricity’s hopes of building the wind farm were originally dashed last August when Sedgemoor planners turned down the scheme. It submitted its appeal earlier this year. Burnham Town Council and Brent Knoll Parish Council are being represented by a joint solicitor, Tony Mason.
Burnham-On-Sea.com will have regular news updates from the hearing.
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