The Moorhayes Action Group (MAG), a community group made up of over a hundred local residents, were told today that the planning decision (11/00325/FUL)on two 35 metre (over 112ft) industrial turbines proposed at Charlton Musgrove, was being appealed.
The developer Keens Cheddar cited that their grounds to take the appeal to the planning inspectorate were due to the delay by South Somerset District Council (SSDC) on making a final decision in October 2011.
The Council delayed their decision due to the failure by the developer to supply a full Visual Impact Assessment including a ZVI (Zones of Visual Influence) which SSDC felt needed to be carried out in such a visually sensitive site before the application could be reconsidered at the Area East Committee.
Visual impact is particularly important for this application as dozens of homes will be affected, including several important properties that are designated Heritage Assets and are grade I, II and grade II* listed. Statutory Consultees such as English Heritage and The Garden History Society had also expressed their concern on this matter with the latter advising that the application should be refused.
Speaking on behalf of the Moorhayes Action Group, David Posnett stated:
“We are horrified that the developer is trying to remove the decision from the local people by taking the decision away from South Somerset District Council.
We totally support the Council’s decision to seek Visual Impact Assessments and ZVI’s as, if this development proceeds, many people’s enjoyment of the area, and their livelihoods could be affected. We are extremely concerned by Keens Cheddars’ attempt to circumvent the normal planning process and would urge our supporters to express their view to their Councillors and to the Members of the Planning Committee.
These industrial turbines, if erected, would be visible for miles around, over broad swathes of North Dorset, South Wiltshire and South Somerset – and would desecrate the un-spoilt beauty of the landscape in the area.
We believe strongly in the development of renewable energy but feel that this development must be sustainable and needs to work alongside other existing industries, such as tourism, that already generate significant revenue for the local area.”
Over 150 letters of objection from local people have been received by South Somerset District Council.
The decision will now be discussed at a South Somerset Development Committee at Wincanton on Wednesday 9 November 2011.
For more information please contact Margareta Stanley on 07968 049 832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
Supporting documents can be found on the South Somerset District Council website:
The Grounds for appeal document can be found at:
Notes from the South Somerset Area East Committee report can be found at:
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