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 north of Winchester.

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.

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

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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7:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

IWCHRIS says...

Yet again the councillors of Winchester have failed to look at the long term picture in energy creation. They are more interested in protecting their fat cat backsides than doing what is right for the long term and our children and grand children. Does the council not realize that in a few years time gas and coal fired power stations will be closed down meaning there will be more demand on the few resources that will be available. Its time the council stopped bowing down to the NIMBYS with regard to wind power and started showing real leadership and have the balls to take unpopular decisions that will hopefully benefit the many rather than the few rich snobs that live in the area.
Yet again the councillors of Winchester have failed to look at the long term picture in energy creation. They are more interested in protecting their fat cat backsides than doing what is right for the long term and our children and grand children. Does the council not realize that in a few years time gas and coal fired power stations will be closed down meaning there will be more demand on the few resources that will be available. Its time the council stopped bowing down to the NIMBYS with regard to wind power and started showing real leadership and have the balls to take unpopular decisions that will hopefully benefit the many rather than the few rich snobs that live in the area. IWCHRIS
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7:59pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Purplerabbit says...

Here here!
Here here! Purplerabbit
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8:33pm Mon 16 Jun 14

IWJOHN says...

Councillors heeded the planning officers' recommendations, and all three planning departments recommended refusal from a position of expert knowledge.

Sincere supporters (not rent-a-mob supporters funded by developers) should not be criticised for falling for the skillful propaganda of RenewablesUK and EDF. Criticise rather the UK's appalling standards of education in the sciences and engineering.

The scientifically literate minority (yes, I'm one of them) do not waste too much time arguing about climate change in this context, knowing that the futility of wind energy is that it has only an insignificant impact on CO2 emissions and that the evil of wind energy is its motivation: greed, not green.
Councillors heeded the planning officers' recommendations, and all three planning departments recommended refusal from a position of expert knowledge. Sincere supporters (not rent-a-mob supporters funded by developers) should not be criticised for falling for the skillful propaganda of RenewablesUK and EDF. Criticise rather the UK's appalling standards of education in the sciences and engineering. The scientifically literate minority (yes, I'm one of them) do not waste too much time arguing about climate change in this context, knowing that the futility of wind energy is that it has only an insignificant impact on CO2 emissions and that the evil of wind energy is its motivation: greed, not green. IWJOHN
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5:28am Wed 18 Jun 14

janeybird says...

Common sense prevailed. These things are a blot on the landscape and useless, when it's too windy they have to be turned off and they produce so little energy they have to be backed up anyway. They are a con.
Common sense prevailed. These things are a blot on the landscape and useless, when it's too windy they have to be turned off and they produce so little energy they have to be backed up anyway. They are a con. janeybird
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9:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

IWCHRIS says...

janeybird wrote:
Common sense prevailed. These things are a blot on the landscape and useless, when it's too windy they have to be turned off and they produce so little energy they have to be backed up anyway. They are a con.
The landscape is that all you care about. That's a pathetic excuse for not trying to make use a renewable energy source. The wind turbines should be used as part of a larger scheme of energy generation that includes solar energy and hydro energy. We cannot just rely on fossil fuels they will run out and we will be responsible for damaging our children's and grandchildren's future.

As for common sense prevailing very few of the councillors have that when you look at their recent decisions.
[quote][p][bold]janeybird[/bold] wrote: Common sense prevailed. These things are a blot on the landscape and useless, when it's too windy they have to be turned off and they produce so little energy they have to be backed up anyway. They are a con.[/p][/quote]The landscape is that all you care about. That's a pathetic excuse for not trying to make use a renewable energy source. The wind turbines should be used as part of a larger scheme of energy generation that includes solar energy and hydro energy. We cannot just rely on fossil fuels they will run out and we will be responsible for damaging our children's and grandchildren's future. As for common sense prevailing very few of the councillors have that when you look at their recent decisions. IWCHRIS
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2:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

burghclaire says...

Good luck with the appeal I say. I met the local guys pushing ahead with this at the Highclere Country Fair a couple of weekends ago and signed up in support. They were very knowledgeable, very well rounded, lovely people, who have their eyes on the future. I believe wind turbines are things of beauty, not just to look at, but what they represent. Just my opinion.
Good luck with the appeal I say. I met the local guys pushing ahead with this at the Highclere Country Fair a couple of weekends ago and signed up in support. They were very knowledgeable, very well rounded, lovely people, who have their eyes on the future. I believe wind turbines are things of beauty, not just to look at, but what they represent. Just my opinion. burghclaire
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9:09am Fri 20 Jun 14

jonone says...

I think that fracking should now be allowed here without planning permission being required.
I think that fracking should now be allowed here without planning permission being required. jonone
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