Villagers preparing to fight wind farm bid near Winchester

Villagers preparing to fight wind farm bid near Winchester

Villagers preparing to fight wind farm bid near Winchester

First published in Winchester Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by

CAMPAIGNERS are gearing up to fight proposals for a controversial wind farm north of Winchester.

Keep Hampshire Green is opposing plans for 14 wind turbines up to 126 metres tall from “scarring the landscape” at Bullington Cross.

EDF Energy Renewables is poised to submit planning applications to Winchester, Test Valley and Basingstoke councils as the proposed site crosses three district council boundaries.

At a meeting in Victoria Hall in Sutton Scotney last Saturday (Jan 13),  Douglas Paterson, chairman of Keep Hampshire Green, said: “People think of Bullington Cross as a dual carriageway and traffic junction with a scrapyard on it but that is not the case.”

The diary farmer showed photos of rolling chalk downland which he said had remained unchanged since novelist Jane Austen walked from Steventon to Hurstbourne Priors.

“It has a quality of tranquillity that is very fragile and very easily destroyed.”

There were gasps as he showed a slide of a barrage balloon the protest group is flying at 126 metres high over a field in Wonston to demonstrate the height of the proposed turbines.

Mr Paterson said: “It is five or six times the height of trees on the horizon.”

Protestors say the turbines would be visible from as far afield as Winchester, Salisbury and even Southampton as the site is on high downland.

Mr Paterson said letters of objection to district councils should focus on planning issues, including impact on the landscape, nearby homes, ecology, noise, footpaths and bridleways.

EDF Energy claims the wind farm would have a capacity of 28 MW and capable of providing enough clean electricity to meet the average annual consumption of over 13,000 households. It would also reduce carbon emissions.

But Mr Paterson said it would produce at best less than one per cent of coal-powered Didcot Power Station which is set to close – and 230 wind farms the size of Bullington would needed to replace it.

Keep Hampshire Green argues the main benefits would be to the developer and the land owner who could reap millions in government subsidies for wind energy.

They argue public money would be better invested in green alternatives, including tidal energy as is already happening on the Isle of Wight.

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11:18pm Sun 27 Jan 13

hamperville says...

The article is incorrect and presumably so is Keep Hampshire Green. Wind energy and renewable energy are not subsidised by money government. The ROC system results in increased costs for energy companies that fail to install enough renewables each year, that cost is paid through energy bills, not via government sourced money.
Additionally the number of ROCs given for each MWh is being reduced over time for matured renewable sources such as onshore wind farms.

It isn't only renewable energy that gets assistance, fossil fuels and nuclear energy also get assistance in one form or another, not just in the UK but across most of the world.

From what I have seen of the Keep Hampshire Green (dis)information on wind energy, it has plenty of misleading information.

They state that electricity from wind turbines can't be stored. That isn't exactly true and there are plenty of engineering companies developing energy storage systems that are very viable.

Patersons campaign also state that wind energy needs 90% backup. Yet more disinformation.
All power stations need backup! Most of them are offline for 50% to 60% of the time, that means another power station needs to be ready to fill the gap! There is also plenty of PEER reviewed research that shows how wind energy can be integrated into the grid system successfully, even with high levels of wind energy in the mix. The idea that they need 90% backup is straight out of the anti-wind disinformation campaign book.

It's always the rich and wealthy land owners that start these anti-wind energy campaigns. This one looks no different and it is clearly fueled by political ideology.
The article is incorrect and presumably so is Keep Hampshire Green. Wind energy and renewable energy are not subsidised by money government. The ROC system results in increased costs for energy companies that fail to install enough renewables each year, that cost is paid through energy bills, not via government sourced money. Additionally the number of ROCs given for each MWh is being reduced over time for matured renewable sources such as onshore wind farms. It isn't only renewable energy that gets assistance, fossil fuels and nuclear energy also get assistance in one form or another, not just in the UK but across most of the world. From what I have seen of the Keep Hampshire Green (dis)information on wind energy, it has plenty of misleading information. They state that electricity from wind turbines can't be stored. That isn't exactly true and there are plenty of engineering companies developing energy storage systems that are very viable. Patersons campaign also state that wind energy needs 90% backup. Yet more disinformation. All power stations need backup! Most of them are offline for 50% to 60% of the time, that means another power station needs to be ready to fill the gap! There is also plenty of PEER reviewed research that shows how wind energy can be integrated into the grid system successfully, even with high levels of wind energy in the mix. The idea that they need 90% backup is straight out of the anti-wind disinformation campaign book. It's always the rich and wealthy land owners that start these anti-wind energy campaigns. This one looks no different and it is clearly fueled by political ideology. hamperville
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10:56am Mon 28 Jan 13

GreenHampshire says...

How about building the wind farms in Hampshire to keep our green spaces from being covered with new homes, retail parks and business parks?

They won't build new homes near a wind farm, plus the majority of the land would remain green. Has Mr Douglas also been camapaigning to stop farm land being developed into big housing estates? I don't remember his name ever appearing in the media when planning meetings were timetabled for other damaging developments.
How about building the wind farms in Hampshire to keep our green spaces from being covered with new homes, retail parks and business parks? They won't build new homes near a wind farm, plus the majority of the land would remain green. Has Mr Douglas also been camapaigning to stop farm land being developed into big housing estates? I don't remember his name ever appearing in the media when planning meetings were timetabled for other damaging developments. GreenHampshire
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