Energy firm looks set to appeal rejected Bullington Cross wind turbine plans

Andover Advertiser: The proposed wind farm at Bullington Cross. The proposed wind farm at Bullington Cross.

AN ENERGY company looks set to appeal after its application to build a 14 turbine wind farm in Hampshire was refused.

The Bullington Cross wind farm, which will include turbines across the three districts of Winchester City Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Test Valley Borough Council, was refused by councillors amid concerns the site would affect local aviation, ecology and the landscape.

A spokesperson for EDF Energy Renewables said: “We are naturally disappointed at the decisions taken by the councils involved.

"We firmly believe the Bullington Cross site is an excellent location for a wind farm and one that has potential to generate significant benefits to both the local community and economy.

“The scheme has attracted high levels of support and encouragement from the local community and in particular, from the Hampshire Renewable Energy Cooperative. Thousands of letters of local support have been registered with the councils that recognised the importance and merits of the proposal.

“As a country we continue to face a significant challenge to maintain energy supply‚ tackle climate change and maintain affordable energy prices; the proposed scheme would make a positive contribution to all of these issues. We will now carefully review the grounds for this decision and consider our options going forward.”

But members of some local parish councils and pro-green groups said they were relieved with the decision.

Douglas Paterson, chairman of Keep Hampshire Green, said: “Obviously we are hugely relived. There are mixed emotions to be honest. I find myself very angry that we’ve all been put through this but I’m very grateful that the councils can see through that which they have been fed. I have huge thanks to the officers who kept a clear site. They gave no indication which way they were going to go until the very end.

“Now is the time to recognise what out planners do. We have a beautiful countryside and they have arbitrated through this and got it right. It says something for the democratic system that we won the day. We have the worry of appeal but we think that the reasons for refusal are so strong that we should win again.”

Lucy Dowson, South Wonston Parish Councillor for planning, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We’re delighted that there are three planning authorities who listened to the recommendations of the planning officers and listened to local residents.”

A survey was carried out by the parish council earlier in the year which saw 25 per cent of the village respond. Of the responses, 80 per cent voted against the wind farm, 15 per cent voted in favour and the remaining five per cent had no opinion.

“We have done a survey and we have got evidence about what people really thought about it and it was clear people were very much against it,” Cllr Dowson added. “We’re slightly tempered because they might appeal but the fact that it’s backed by three authorities gives us hope for the future.”

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9:11am Wed 18 Jun 14

IWCHRIS says...

All people seem to care about is countryside they have no interest in our future generations. Its time people realised the countryside will still be there its that there will be an added feature within it. Its time people stopped thinking of their own selfish interests and started considering the damage they are doing to our children and grandchildren by not prepared the view to be spoiled slightly.

I hope the energy do appeal and they are successful in that appeal. Renewable energy is the only way forward to deal with our increasing demands for electricity and wind turbines have to be part of that.
All people seem to care about is countryside they have no interest in our future generations. Its time people realised the countryside will still be there its that there will be an added feature within it. Its time people stopped thinking of their own selfish interests and started considering the damage they are doing to our children and grandchildren by not prepared the view to be spoiled slightly. I hope the energy do appeal and they are successful in that appeal. Renewable energy is the only way forward to deal with our increasing demands for electricity and wind turbines have to be part of that. IWCHRIS
  • Score: 6

8:43am Thu 19 Jun 14

save energy says...

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’.

• • According to the wind industry (may 2014), UK has 1,278 Windfarms comprising –
9,912 Large Industrial Turbines, + approx 18,000 small units,
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

• • At the moment wind is only contributing 0.8 GW; (we are importing 7 x that from France & Holland), a mere 2% to our grid demand !! Look here - http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/ ;

• • And this is the French Grid live figs - http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/franc
e/


Weather systems can be huge, Europe has had high pressure dominating for weeks, so sod all wind from Ireland to Poland, Italy to Scotland for the last few mths. See -
• • Live production from your local windfarm – RWEs interactive Euro map- http://www.rwe.com/w
eb/cms/en/206488/rwe
-innogy/sites/produc
tion-data-live/rwe-r
enewable-energy-live
/
Notes; 1. Capacity is in MW but output in kW so ÷ 1,000 to compare.
2. A minus fig indicates drawing power from grid to rotate blades.

• • 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.

• • Lots more info from-
Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs
( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES)
http://tinyurl.com/n
4k7n8 )


These are the Billions ££ we give for intermittent ‘green’ energy -
http://www.variablep
itch.co.uk/finance/ -
& yes the monthly totals ARE £££ millions.

To see how little we get for that all that cash, look here - http://www.ukpowerge
neration.info/

It is a very dangerous world, when money & politics trump science & engineering facts.
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’. • • According to the wind industry (may 2014), UK has 1,278 Windfarms comprising – 9,912 Large Industrial Turbines, + approx 18,000 small units, 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 • • At the moment wind is only contributing 0.8 GW; (we are importing 7 x that from France & Holland), a mere 2% to our grid demand !! Look here - http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/ ; • • And this is the French Grid live figs - http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/franc e/ Weather systems can be huge, Europe has had high pressure dominating for weeks, so sod all wind from Ireland to Poland, Italy to Scotland for the last few mths. See - • • Live production from your local windfarm – RWEs interactive Euro map- http://www.rwe.com/w eb/cms/en/206488/rwe -innogy/sites/produc tion-data-live/rwe-r enewable-energy-live / Notes; 1. Capacity is in MW but output in kW so ÷ 1,000 to compare. 2. A minus fig indicates drawing power from grid to rotate blades. • • 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. • • Lots more info from- Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs ( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES) http://tinyurl.com/n 4k7n8 ) These are the Billions ££ we give for intermittent ‘green’ energy - http://www.variablep itch.co.uk/finance/ - & yes the monthly totals ARE £££ millions. To see how little we get for that all that cash, look here - http://www.ukpowerge neration.info/ It is a very dangerous world, when money & politics trump science & engineering facts. save energy
  • Score: -4

5:36pm Thu 19 Jun 14

griffon says...

Ukip are on record saying they would blow up all the wind farms if they had half the chance. The deeply spooked Tory government and their branch offices in the shires led by Pickles will destroy the renewables industry while the ludicrously named Keep Hampshire Green tool around in 4x4s adding to the highest carbon footprint in the country.
Ukip are on record saying they would blow up all the wind farms if they had half the chance. The deeply spooked Tory government and their branch offices in the shires led by Pickles will destroy the renewables industry while the ludicrously named Keep Hampshire Green tool around in 4x4s adding to the highest carbon footprint in the country. griffon
  • Score: 0

12:40am Sun 6 Jul 14

ben burfoot says...

Absolutely agree with the first comments by IWCHRIS. I am dismayed by the choice of planners and councillors to reject the application for the wind turbines at Bulllington cross. They are just trying to maintain the status quo for political advantage. The above posts just go to show how incredibly seductive the vast amounts of power available cheaply from fossil fuels are. They also fail to accept how we need to change. We need local clean energy that does not waste energy by dumping all the heat (2/3rds of power) and then losing up to 20% more through transmission losses. We need to reduce our use of energy by being more careful and through technological advancement and then the clean energy from these really quite impressive turbines would go a long way. We have to do this for our children and grandchildren who will live in an ever more globalised world in which the impacts of climate change will be far reaching and hugely damaging to all economies. This short sightedness must be challenged, but through education and debate.

Our leadership has to change in favour of people who can recognise the long term priorities towards a human race that respect one another and the environment and can prosper generation after generation.

I hope there is an appeal it is heard by a sympathetic inspector although i seriously doubt this will be upheld.
Absolutely agree with the first comments by IWCHRIS. I am dismayed by the choice of planners and councillors to reject the application for the wind turbines at Bulllington cross. They are just trying to maintain the status quo for political advantage. The above posts just go to show how incredibly seductive the vast amounts of power available cheaply from fossil fuels are. They also fail to accept how we need to change. We need local clean energy that does not waste energy by dumping all the heat (2/3rds of power) and then losing up to 20% more through transmission losses. We need to reduce our use of energy by being more careful and through technological advancement and then the clean energy from these really quite impressive turbines would go a long way. We have to do this for our children and grandchildren who will live in an ever more globalised world in which the impacts of climate change will be far reaching and hugely damaging to all economies. This short sightedness must be challenged, but through education and debate. Our leadership has to change in favour of people who can recognise the long term priorities towards a human race that respect one another and the environment and can prosper generation after generation. I hope there is an appeal it is heard by a sympathetic inspector although i seriously doubt this will be upheld. ben burfoot
  • Score: 1

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