Controversial wind turbine plans at Bullington Cross rejected

Basingstoke Gazette: The proposed wind farm at Bullington Cross The proposed wind farm at Bullington Cross

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build a 14 turbine wind farm. 

EDF Energy Renewables wanted to build the two mile square wind farm, at Bullington Cross, but councillors supported the officers recommendation to refuse.

The turbines would have been up to 126 metres tall on farmland near to the A34/A303 junction.

The site would have crossed the boundaries of all three local authorities, with seven turbines in Winchester, four in Basingstoke and Deane, and three in Test Valley.

Planning officers at Winchester, Test Valley and Basingstoke and Deane councils all recommended that the scheme should be rejected at a meeting held yesterday. 

In the end councillors across all three districts voted to agree with the officers recommendation to reject the scheme by a majority decision.

The meeting at Winchester Guildhall heard objections range from the MoD and nearby Popham airfield that it would impact a low level flying zone, ecology experts that species would be harmed by the development and that it would have a negative visual impact on the area.

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