Bullington Cross wind farm proposal rejected

Basingstoke Gazette: Bullington Cross wind farm proposal rejected Bullington Cross wind farm proposal rejected

A CONTROVERSIAL application to build a huge wind farm east of Andover has been refused.

EDF Energy Renewables wanted to erect 14 turbines near Bullington Cross, where the A303 and A34 trunk roads intersect.

But councillors from three local authorities, including Test Valley, voted to support officers’ recommendations to refuse the application across all three districts.

Winchester city councillor Thérèse Evans said: “The city council has policies on energy but we also have policies on landscapes and, for me, that is the overriding factor.

“This is just the wrong site. They are the way forward and we need to reduce our dependence on other fuels. But I don’t think this is the appropriate site.”

Supporters said that the scheme would act as a boost for the local economy, drawing in £5m in additional rates for the county over the 20 years of the project’s duration, as well as £140,000 per year from EDF for community projects.

If the blades were rotated constantly, the wind farm would have been capable of generating eight per cent of the combined electrical needs of the three districts.

But each blade would have stood as high as the spire of Salisbury Cathedral and be visible from up to 21 miles away, including from two areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Planning officers for all three councils recommended refusal of the application.

In a rare move, members from three planning committees attended the special meeting at Winchester’s Guildhall as the application straddled land overseen by Winchester, Basingstoke and Test Valley councils.

In the run-up to the decision Test Valley received 1,116 letters supporting the scheme, as well as 1,231 letters of objection and a petition signed by 3,081 people.

A demonstration in favour of the development was held before the meeting.

Supporter Alan Walker told the meeting: “I feel that the officers’ report doesn’t make enough of the benefits that may accrue from the development.

“This is an opportunity to improve the lives of the people who live around the wind farm, to establish Hampshire as a leader in community-led renewable energy.”

Among the main objectors were the Ministry of Defence and the nearby Popham Airfield. Joint Helicopter Command said that the development would infringe on an important low-level flying training area, used by Chinooks from RAF Odiham.

An EDF Energy Renewables spokesman said: “We firmly believe the Bullington Cross site is an excellent location for a wind farm. We will now carefully review the grounds for this decision and consider our options going forward.”

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8:44am Mon 23 Jun 14

save energy says...

EDF 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

• • As I write this UK wind is contributing just 0.7 GW a mere 2% to our grid demand !! (we are importing 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 live 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.

• Now, 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.
EDF 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 • • As I write this UK wind is contributing just 0.7 GW a mere 2% to our grid demand !! (we are importing 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 live 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. • Now, 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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