Somerset

Rooksbridge earmarked for wind farm with new plans

Studies are being carried out at a site in Somerset for the potential development of a six-turbine wind farm.

Broadview Energy Limited wants to build on land east of the M5, about 0.62 miles (1km) south of Rooksbridge.

Project manager Tom Cosgrove said the plans for Pilrow wind farm "were at a very early stage."

The company said it wanted "open discussions with local people from the outset" and will send a mobile exhibition to the area from 13 June.

Broadview Energy will also be writing to residents with information on the plans.

'Good location'

"It's inevitable that the introduction of wind turbines into a landscape effects change and an important part of the development process is designing the project in such a way that it is sensitive to the local area," said Tom Cosgrove.

"We believe the nature of the landscape to the east of Brent Knoll, which is dominated by manmade features such as the M5, has the capacity to accommodate a small wind farm."

Broadview Energy said that initial studies indicate that "the site is a good location for a wind farm of this size."

All of the research will form part of an environmental impact assessment, which be included in any planning application submitted to Sedgemoor District Council.

Organisations such as English Heritage, Natural England and the Lower Axe Drainage Board will also be consulted by Broadview Energy during the planning process.

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