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Planning application for six wind turbines near Popham
BATTLE lines are being drawn between campaigners seeking to block a proposal for a wind farm south of Basingstoke.
Oxfordshire-based company TCI Renewables has submitted a planning application for six, 130-metre-high wind turbines in Woodmancott Down, near Popham.
A campaign group SOS Save Our Scenic Hampshire Downs has formed in a bid to stop the development.
Group spokesman Jonathan Moseley, a trustee of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, from Brown Candover, said the development would “destroy the countryside”.
“The turbines will be visible from Southampton in the south, and Reading in the north,” he told The Gazette. “The impact of such a large-scale industrial development will destroy what is a rare part of the countryside, unusually free from development.”
He added: “It is our duty to preserve our unspoilt countryside for future generations to enjoy.”
His concern has been echoed by Peter Bedford, chairman of the Hampshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
He said: “We view with great concern the recent planning application for a wind farm at Woodmancott in Hampshire.
“We believe they would be the first turbines to be built on previously unspoilt downland and would set a dangerous precedent.
“With this, and another major wind farm application already pending at neighbouring Bullington Cross, we are witnessing a potential proliferation of industrial-scale development in beautiful, unspoilt Hampshire countryside.”
TCI Renewables is the second company seeking to install giant wind turbines in north Hampshire. As previously reported, French energy giant EDF Renewables has submitted a planning application to build 14 turbines at Bullington Cross, near the junctions of the A34 and A303.
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