Inquiry to be held after wind farm refusal


A public inquiry is to be held after plans for a wind farm in Somerset were rejected.

Sedgemoor District Council voted against the scheme which would have seen four 120m-high (393ft) turbines built on the Somerset Levels, reports BBC News.

An independent inspector will examine the decision to reject plans for the turbines, access tracks and an electricity sub-station after developer Next Generation lodged the appeal against the planning refusal.

Officers initially recommended the application for approval, saying it “would not significantly undermine the character or appearance of the local landscape” but this was rejected by councillors in April.

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

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