On June 16th 2014, following an all-day hearing at the Guildhall in Winchester, the planning committees of Winchester, Basingstoke and Test Valley all voted to refuse EDF’s proposed wind farm near Bullington Cross. On June 25th the Basingstoke planning committee also voted to refuse TCI Renewables’ application for a wind farm at Woodmancott.
This is excellent news, but we should be under no illusions about this being the end of the story. Both developers are almost certain to appeal, and have six months in which to do so. In fact, we know that both developers have been active in October and November preparing their material for the appeal. However, it is reassuring to know that our planners and the majority of councillors on the planning committees recognise the immense value of our countryside and are prepared to defend it against industrial giants attempting to ride on a green ticket. It is also reassuring to see that the general public and the press increasingly recognise that wind farms built in the wrong place are nothing more than a subsidy scam, contributing negligible amounts of electricity and achieving nothing in the drive to reduce carbon emissions.
The Dever Society has supported Keep Hampshire Green (opposing EDF at Bullington Cross) and SOS Hampshire Downs (opposing TCI Renewables at Woodmancott) in coordinating the local opposition and presenting clear planning reasons for refusal. The reasons put forward in the planning committees’ reports are strong and numerous, and should give us every chance of winning at appeal.
Image of Kingfisher from www.keephampshiregreen.org