On 3rd December 2012 a planning application was put in place for a 40 metre heigh wind turbine, with a wingspan of 54 metres. There are a number of key arguments against this construction:
- Its location and height mean it will be visible for miles around. It will destroy the view of the beautiful countryside from Crewkerne, Clapton, Roundham and other surrounding villages.
- It will create a constant whirring noise when in use equivalent to being in a room with a fan turned constantly on. Government ministers advise humans do not live within 1.4 miles of a wind turbine. The whole village of Hewish is within this radius. - Research has shown properties near wind turbines are devalued by between 20% and 40%. - Wind turbines scare horses, and other animals. A proposed new bridle way runs directly next to the site of this wind turbine.
- The construction of wind turbines such as this use such a huge amount of concrete and other environmentally destructive materials that the 'green' benifit is negated.
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