Solar farm plans criticised by councillor

Solar farm plans criticised by councillor

Solar farm plans criticised by councillor

First published in News

PLANS to build a solar farm in Overton have been criticised by a parish councillor.

Luminous Energy and Belectric’s plans to create a solar farm on 17 acres of land at Lordsfield Plantation were discussed by members of Overton Parish Council at its latest meeting.

Councillor Colin Fowels said: “I think that the whole thing is horrible – it is in the wrong place.”

He reminded the meeting that residents have until July 22 to comment on the plans.

The application states that the solar panels will be no more than 3.5m high and will face south. The farm could provide enough energy for 995 homes.

After the meeting, Cllr Peter Baker said he also thought that the proposed farm is in the wrong location as he believes it is too close to where two Overton residents live.

He added: “Renewable energy is absolutely vital because of environmental reasons but this application goes against the recommendations of the solar panel watchdog, which states it should not be next door to people’s houses.”

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9:01am Mon 21 Jul 14

laurence86 says...

How ridiculous! Where would be a good place for the farm? Let me guess anywhere so long as its not in Overton. The farm will be near a mere two people, the panels are low, they make no noise and they require little maintenance. As far as developments go I think I would rather have this next to my house than the hundreds of new homes Basingstoke is being forced to accommodate.
How ridiculous! Where would be a good place for the farm? Let me guess anywhere so long as its not in Overton. The farm will be near a mere two people, the panels are low, they make no noise and they require little maintenance. As far as developments go I think I would rather have this next to my house than the hundreds of new homes Basingstoke is being forced to accommodate. laurence86
  • Score: 27

9:30am Mon 21 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

"Cllr Peter Baker said he also thought that the proposed farm is in the wrong location as he believes it is too close to where two Overton residents live."
Did the Gazette think to ask what the two residents thought? Did they themselves actually object? If some local politician objected to something next to my house using me as evidence without asking my opinion I'd be livid even if I agreed with them.
"Cllr Peter Baker said he also thought that the proposed farm is in the wrong location as he believes it is too close to where two Overton residents live." Did the Gazette think to ask what the two residents thought? Did they themselves actually object? If some local politician objected to something next to my house using me as evidence without asking my opinion I'd be livid even if I agreed with them. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 18

3:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

whitchurchwhinger says...

Given the recent wind farm plans at Bullington Cross rejected too, one wonders what the problem is in this area with renewable energy sources? Ah what does it matter, chances are those that make the decisions will be long gone by the time we run out of fossil fuels and/or climate change starts to take effect - but that will be someone else's problem!
Given the recent wind farm plans at Bullington Cross rejected too, one wonders what the problem is in this area with renewable energy sources? Ah what does it matter, chances are those that make the decisions will be long gone by the time we run out of fossil fuels and/or climate change starts to take effect - but that will be someone else's problem! whitchurchwhinger
  • Score: 14

11:59am Tue 22 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

This site has a railway to the north. an old cattle drove and fields to the east, a plantation to the west and a high hedge screening two properties to the south. The next nearest 'properties' are a school and the sewage works. The site slopes slightly from north to south. If this is not an almost ideal location for a solar farm I don't know what would be! The plans show that a corridor would be left between the panels and the southern boundary - my guess it has been left because the existing hedge and trees would cast a shadow for much of the year on any panels lacated in this area of the field. For whatever reason it has been left it will provide an additional buffer between the two homes and the solar farm. One begins to wonder who lives in the two nearest houses and what influence they have with the council.
Enough electricity to provide power for 995 homes - how many homes are there in Overton? Looking at maps I can see that a field close to the papermill would also be a good site and perhaps the electricity generated could be used by the mill.
This site has a railway to the north. an old cattle drove and fields to the east, a plantation to the west and a high hedge screening two properties to the south. The next nearest 'properties' are a school and the sewage works. The site slopes slightly from north to south. If this is not an almost ideal location for a solar farm I don't know what would be! The plans show that a corridor would be left between the panels and the southern boundary - my guess it has been left because the existing hedge and trees would cast a shadow for much of the year on any panels lacated in this area of the field. For whatever reason it has been left it will provide an additional buffer between the two homes and the solar farm. One begins to wonder who lives in the two nearest houses and what influence they have with the council. Enough electricity to provide power for 995 homes - how many homes are there in Overton? Looking at maps I can see that a field close to the papermill would also be a good site and perhaps the electricity generated could be used by the mill. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 13

12:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

robertspet8 says...

Councillor Colin Fowels said: “I think that the whole thing is horrible – it is in the wrong place.”
How can Luminous Energy and Belectric continue with their application in the face of such well argued, reasoned and so eloquently presented objections from Councillor Fowels?
Councillor Colin Fowels said: “I think that the whole thing is horrible – it is in the wrong place.” How can Luminous Energy and Belectric continue with their application in the face of such well argued, reasoned and so eloquently presented objections from Councillor Fowels? robertspet8
  • Score: 16

1:13pm Tue 22 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

Sam_Walker123456, surely the mill has it's own source of power? That's why it's where it is. Apart from that I agree.
Sam_Walker123456, surely the mill has it's own source of power? That's why it's where it is. Apart from that I agree. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 0

11:23am Wed 23 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Sam_Walker123456, surely the mill has it's own source of power? That's why it's where it is. Apart from that I agree.
Again I can't tell if you are being serious or not, but will assume you are.
The paper production plant for Portals (now De La Rue) was originally located in a water powered mill near Whitchurch. Later it moved to Laverstoke (now the Bombay Sapphire distillery). The paper produced is used to make bank notes for countries around the world. The main production moved to the current site, next to Overton Station, in 1922. This site has expanded over the years as the demand for bank notes has increased (a recession proof business?). Although the quality of the vast amounts of water extracted from the ground is vital to the paper production it does not play any part in providing power for the factory. So if De La Rue built their own solar farm they would save a fortune in energy costs.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: Sam_Walker123456, surely the mill has it's own source of power? That's why it's where it is. Apart from that I agree.[/p][/quote]Again I can't tell if you are being serious or not, but will assume you are. The paper production plant for Portals (now De La Rue) was originally located in a water powered mill near Whitchurch. Later it moved to Laverstoke (now the Bombay Sapphire distillery). The paper produced is used to make bank notes for countries around the world. The main production moved to the current site, next to Overton Station, in 1922. This site has expanded over the years as the demand for bank notes has increased (a recession proof business?). Although the quality of the vast amounts of water extracted from the ground is vital to the paper production it does not play any part in providing power for the factory. So if De La Rue built their own solar farm they would save a fortune in energy costs. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 1

11:50am Wed 23 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

I wasn't being serious. Have you seen the size of the new distillery? I doubt very much the Test has the capability of powering it. Although it would make an interesting marketing stunt if it were able to contribute I suppose.
I wasn't being serious. Have you seen the size of the new distillery? I doubt very much the Test has the capability of powering it. Although it would make an interesting marketing stunt if it were able to contribute I suppose. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
I wasn't being serious. Have you seen the size of the new distillery? I doubt very much the Test has the capability of powering it. Although it would make an interesting marketing stunt if it were able to contribute I suppose.
Ah, I see the cause for confusion. When I said there was a suitable field next to the papermill, on which to build a solar farm, I was talking about the factory next to Overton Station, which has never been water powered. This has been the only papermill in Overton producing bank note paper for decades now. The old site at Laverstoke has not been used for paper production for decades and there is no suitable space close by for a solar farm.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: I wasn't being serious. Have you seen the size of the new distillery? I doubt very much the Test has the capability of powering it. Although it would make an interesting marketing stunt if it were able to contribute I suppose.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see the cause for confusion. When I said there was a suitable field next to the papermill, on which to build a solar farm, I was talking about the factory next to Overton Station, which has never been water powered. This has been the only papermill in Overton producing bank note paper for decades now. The old site at Laverstoke has not been used for paper production for decades and there is no suitable space close by for a solar farm. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

Ah, fair point. There's so much happening in Overton according to the Gazette I was confusing your comments about the paper mill with the other story about the mill being refurbished. I suppose there are some that would blame the miller. Y'see what I did there?
Ah, fair point. There's so much happening in Overton according to the Gazette I was confusing your comments about the paper mill with the other story about the mill being refurbished. I suppose there are some that would blame the miller. Y'see what I did there? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

3:34pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Ah, fair point. There's so much happening in Overton according to the Gazette I was confusing your comments about the paper mill with the other story about the mill being refurbished. I suppose there are some that would blame the miller. Y'see what I did there?
Yes, you have proved CrossofLorraine's Law.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: Ah, fair point. There's so much happening in Overton according to the Gazette I was confusing your comments about the paper mill with the other story about the mill being refurbished. I suppose there are some that would blame the miller. Y'see what I did there?[/p][/quote]Yes, you have proved CrossofLorraine's Law. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 2

8:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

jonone says...

It's very simple. If, in the future, electricity has to be rationed, the plug must be pulled on Overton first.
It's very simple. If, in the future, electricity has to be rationed, the plug must be pulled on Overton first. jonone
  • Score: 4

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