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Support this wind turbine application, please!

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:10 pm
by kenneal - lagger
Can you all please follow the links and add a message of support for this wind turbine application at Sparsholt College in Hampshire. Hampshire CC and Winchester City councils aren't the most progressive of councils but I know that Winchester can be persuaded to follow the more environmentally friendly route if pushed. Your comments are urgently needed.

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:59 pm
by Mr. Fox
Back in the late 80s, a mate of mine was the membership secretary for the Green Party in Winchester. He boasted of doubling the membership during his year of service - I think it was from 2 to 4. :D

74m/500kW... at least they're not p***ing about. :)


Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:30 pm
by RenewableCandy

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:45 pm
by kenneal - lagger
Mr. Fox wrote:Back in the late 80s, a mate of mine was the membership secretary for the Green Party in Winchester. He boasted of doubling the membership during his year of service - I think it was from 2 to 4. :D
Things have changed a bit since then, Mr Fox. The Green Party might not be that much of a political force but WinACC, Winchester Action on Climate Change, is going well.

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:55 pm
by RenewableCandy
Just Keep On Doubling :D every year

2^25 is a heck of a lot of Green Party members!

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:06 am
by biffvernon
Wot I rote:
Re; Appeal Application: APP/C1760/W/14/3001604 I am writing to you to express my support for the wind farm at Bullington Cross.

I am not a local resident but I live in Lincolnshire, where we have rather more windfarms than you do in Hampshire. I live quite close to a new group of turbines. They are a silent and magnificent symbol of hope for the future, producing the cheapest newly installed electricity generation at £60/MWh.

Rejecting the Bullington Cross proposal will result in all our electricity bills being more expensive than they might otherwise be and will reduce our ability to mitigate global warming.

As a planning inspector you should feel obliged to take into account views expressed from people beyond you immediate locality but who are nonetheless affected by your decisions.

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:43 pm
by biffvernon
Er, Ken, what's going on?
Dear Mr Vernon

Thank you for your email.

Please note this appeal has been withdrawn and the case closed.

Kind regards

Leanne Palmer
Major Casework
Planning Inspectorate
3/26 Hawk Wing, TQH,
2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN
Tel: 0303 444 5471

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:22 am
by kenneal - lagger
Dear Members and Supporters,

It is with great sadness that Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) has learnt that EDF Energy Renewables have decided not to proceed with their appeal against the planning refusal for the Bullington Cross Wind Farm. Without their support it would be impossible for us as a small co-op to fund the cost of a 15 day public enquiry. So we have reluctantly accepted EDF’s decision; this means we will not be pursuing the construction of a community owned wind farm at Bullington Cross at this time.

Excerpt from our Press Release
EDF’s decision is based both on the Government’s withdrawal of subsidy support for on-shore wind farms in the UK and a transfer of decision making powers to local authorities. Martin Heath, a director of the co-operative said: “We had over 2,800 supporters for the Bullington Cross wind farm, which is an unprecedented level of support for any pre-planning wind farm in the UK. It shows that a significant proportion of the people of Hampshire want clean, modern and efficient renewable energy and they want the benefits to be returned to local residents. The recent Government announcement withdrawing support for on-shore wind farms flies in the face of what a very large number of the people of Hampshire wanted. Stopping wind farms will just mean we will all now need to rely on more expensive forms of low carbon energy such as nuclear and dirty forms of energy such as coal. Reliance on nuclear will increase household bills. Reliance on fossil fuels will produce more pollution and the need to import more expensive coal, oil and gas.”

On-shore wind farms are one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy. 2,845 local people supported the wind farm application and this is in line with national figures that show 69% of people support wind farms and only 12% oppose them.

Andrew Thompson, Chair of HREC said “It’s is a great shame that we as a nation have decided to no longer support one of the cleanest and most efficient ways of renewably producing electricity. The EDF Energy Renewables decision does not really come as a surprise. HREC has been looking at alternative opportunities for community owned renewables in Hampshire and we are at an advanced stage of discussions with developers and land owners for a number of solar farms in Hampshire. We hope to be able to get local investment into community solar farms in the very near future. HREC continues to grow.”

Bullington Cross remains a good site for wind farming; it is windy, isolated and at the cross roads of two of the county’s busiest roads and may in future be revived as a site on which the people of Hampshire can generate their own energy independently from the large utility providers and thereby reduce overall dependence on imported fossil fuels.

The wind will still blow at Bullington Cross. One day, maybe we will return.

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:07 am
by biffvernon

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:24 pm
by kenneal - lagger