Woodmancott wind farm proposals rejected by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Basingstoke Gazette: Woodmancott wind farm proposals rejected by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Woodmancott wind farm proposals rejected by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

PLANS for a new six-turbine wind farm in Woodmancott have been rejected by councillors at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

TCI Renewables applied to the borough council for full planning permission to erect the group of 130-metre high turbines on land close to junction 8 of the M3, between Basingstoke and Wnchester, in June 2013.

But councillors on the borough council’s development control committee last night voted to support planning officer’s recommendation for refusal, because of concerns over ecology and the impact on nearby Lasham airfield. 

Bruce Hutt, director at TCI Renewables, defended the scheme in front of a packed audience of residents and parish councillors at the meeting.

He said: “This will generate enough electricity for 11,000 homes. There is limited impact to residents, limited impact to views and limited impact on heritage assets, aviation and the Chilbolton Observatory.

"It is right that smaller effects are outweighed against substantial benefits the scheme would bring.”

But Jonathon Moseley, a member of the Save Our Scenic Hampshire Downs (SOSH) campaign group, fiercely objected to the application at the meeting, saying: “Our group is made up of individuals and business from the area of the proposed site.

"All of us understand the need for renewable energy but the wind turbines are not appropriate to the environment where they will be sited. This is not a windy site. These turbines are not sustainable, environmentally or socially.”

Conservative borough councillor for Oakley and North Waltham, Diane Taylor moved a motion to reject the application at the meeting, telling the committee: “I have to say this is one of the most impacting applications I have dealt with in my seven or eight years on this committee. I am not in principle against wind farms.

“This cannot be an acceptable impact in my view. Whether you like them or love them, they are massive industrial machines. When you get people going on a walk, they are going to get half way along and say 'there are wind turbines, we must be in Basingstoke' but I don’t want that to happen. I very strongly urge members to support the recommendations of officers.”

Labour councillors David Potter, Michael Westbrook and George Hood, and Liberal Democrat councillor, Michael Bound voted in favour of the application.

But the application was rejected after Conservative councillors Donald Sherlock, Anne Court, Stuart Frost, Diane Taylor, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Miller voted against the proposals. Liberal Democrat councillor, Eric Dunlop and Independent member, Chris Tomblin also rejected the application.

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8:04am Fri 27 Jun 14

save energy says...

They will appeal -
Wind developers will make a fortune if the plans are passed, THAT’S why they are absolutely relentless, it’s all about the money, paid by you & me with increasing ‘green taxes’.

Ignoring - Aesthetics, NIMBYism, Tourism, Ecology, Politics & House prices…just look at some hard facts –

According to the wind industry, UK currently has 1,278 Windfarms (may 2014) comprising –
9,912 large turbines, + approx 18,000 small turbines,
Total Capacity = 23 GW
See - http://www.renewable
uk.com/en/renewable-
energy/wind-energy/u
k-wind-energy-databa
se/index.cfm/maplarg
e/1

• • Even with all that capacity wind has only provided a measly 7% in the last 9 mths

• • As I write this UK wind is contributing just 0.7 GW a mere 2% to our grid demand !! (we are importing 5 x more than that from France & Holland) & is operating at just 3% of its 23 GW capacity !!...a tad better than the last 3 weeks !! - Look here - http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/
Also - http://www.ukpowerge
neration.info/

• • Weather systems can be huge, Europe has had high pressure dominating for weeks, so sod all wind power from Ireland to Poland, Italy to Scotland.

• • See the current production from your local RWE windfarm - http://www.rwe.com/w
eb/cms/en/206488/rwe
-innogy/sites/produc
tion-data-live/rwe-r
enewable-energy-live
/
Note: 1. A minus fig indicates them taking power from grid to rotate blades.
2. Capacity in MW but output in kW, so ÷ output by 1,000 to compare.

• • And this is how much EXTRA we pay per mth for low density intermittent ‘green’ energy - http://www.variablep
itch.co.uk/finance/ & yes the figs are £millions/mth.


• Do you really think that’s a sensible way to use precious resources ??

I won’t even start on the community benefits ‘Ponzi scam’. (Google it )

• • Lots more info from-
Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs
( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES)
http://tinyurl.com/n
4k7n8 ) - that proves this ‘green policy’ has compromised our energy security.

But, Ed (di*khead) Davey the UKs Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has cunning plans to keep the lights on…
1. Pay industry to stop work - http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-politics-26
819050

2. Big dirty diesels to backup his ‘green clean’ wind & solar - Short Term Operating Reserve STOR. - http://tallbloke.wor
dpress.com/2014/06/1
1/the-insane-cost-of
-ed-daveys-green-ene
rgy-policy/

How mad is that ???

It is a very dangerous world, when money & politics, trump science & engineering facts.
They will appeal - Wind developers will make a fortune if the plans are passed, THAT’S why they are absolutely relentless, it’s all about the money, paid by you & me with increasing ‘green taxes’. Ignoring - Aesthetics, NIMBYism, Tourism, Ecology, Politics & House prices…just look at some hard facts – According to the wind industry, UK currently has 1,278 Windfarms (may 2014) comprising – 9,912 large turbines, + approx 18,000 small turbines, Total Capacity = 23 GW See - http://www.renewable uk.com/en/renewable- energy/wind-energy/u k-wind-energy-databa se/index.cfm/maplarg e/1 • • Even with all that capacity wind has only provided a measly 7% in the last 9 mths • • As I write this UK wind is contributing just 0.7 GW a mere 2% to our grid demand !! (we are importing 5 x more than that from France & Holland) & is operating at just 3% of its 23 GW capacity !!...a tad better than the last 3 weeks !! - Look here - http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/ Also - http://www.ukpowerge neration.info/ • • Weather systems can be huge, Europe has had high pressure dominating for weeks, so sod all wind power from Ireland to Poland, Italy to Scotland. • • See the current production from your local RWE windfarm - http://www.rwe.com/w eb/cms/en/206488/rwe -innogy/sites/produc tion-data-live/rwe-r enewable-energy-live / Note: 1. A minus fig indicates them taking power from grid to rotate blades. 2. Capacity in MW but output in kW, so ÷ output by 1,000 to compare. • • And this is how much EXTRA we pay per mth for low density intermittent ‘green’ energy - http://www.variablep itch.co.uk/finance/ & yes the figs are £millions/mth. • Do you really think that’s a sensible way to use precious resources ?? I won’t even start on the community benefits ‘Ponzi scam’. (Google it ) • • Lots more info from- Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs ( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES) http://tinyurl.com/n 4k7n8 ) - that proves this ‘green policy’ has compromised our energy security. But, Ed (di*khead) Davey the UKs Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has cunning plans to keep the lights on… 1. Pay industry to stop work - http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-politics-26 819050 2. Big dirty diesels to backup his ‘green clean’ wind & solar - Short Term Operating Reserve STOR. - http://tallbloke.wor dpress.com/2014/06/1 1/the-insane-cost-of -ed-daveys-green-ene rgy-policy/ How mad is that ??? It is a very dangerous world, when money & politics, trump science & engineering facts. save energy
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