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Wind turbines at East and West Huntspill are rejected

Plans to build nine wind turbines on the Somerset Levels have been rejected by councillors.

Two applications were considered by Sedgemoor District Council and both had been recommended for approval.

Ecotricity wanted to place four turbines at Black Ditch, which is land to the south of Poplar Farm in West Huntspill.

The second application from EDF Energy involved putting up five turbines at Withy Farm in East Huntspill.
‘Strong case’

Hundreds of local residents had fought a campaign against both applications on the grounds the turbines would be too high and too close to homes.

A spokesman for Ecotricity said the firm was “disappointed” with the decision.

“After carrying out extensive assessments, analysing potential impacts on the landscape, ecology and ornithology, we are still confident the site is a highly appropriate one to harness the power of the wind and help fight against climate change.

“We shall closely consider our options, but there is certainly a strong case to appeal against the committee’s decision.”

Julie Trott, from Huntspill Windfarm Action Group, said: “I’m thrilled, I’m over the moon, it couldn’t have gone better so I’m very emotional at the moment.”