Vow to fight windfarm plan for Bullington Cross

John Paterson, Peter Hutchinson, Nicola Graham with her children Arlo and Gabriel and Douglas Paterson, at the proposed wind turbine site near Bullington Cross.

Vow to fight windfarm plan

First published in Environment Daily Echo: 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, 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 dairy farmer showed photos of rolling chalk downland which he said had remained unchanged since novelist Jane Austen walked from Steventon to Hurstbourne Prior.

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.”

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

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.

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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8:24am Wed 16 Jan 13

gazdance says...

Scarring the landscape? Tw*ts.

What would scar the landscape more; a wind farm or a nuclear power station?

Wind farms are happening. Get used to it. Nimby fools.
Scarring the landscape? Tw*ts. What would scar the landscape more; a wind farm or a nuclear power station? Wind farms are happening. Get used to it. Nimby fools. gazdance
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8:35am Wed 16 Jan 13

hulla baloo says...

gazdance wrote:
Scarring the landscape? Tw*ts.

What would scar the landscape more; a wind farm or a nuclear power station?

Wind farms are happening. Get used to it. Nimby fools.
Not at all. Nuclear power stations do not require being built on rolling hillsides and being a blot on the landscape, sticking out like a sore thumb. I, and possibly along with many others, have yet to be convinced that wind farms are cost effective, now or in the long term.
In the meantime, the tree huggers continue trying to justify their need/belief whilst inflicting these monstrosities on everybody else.
[quote][p][bold]gazdance[/bold] wrote: Scarring the landscape? Tw*ts. What would scar the landscape more; a wind farm or a nuclear power station? Wind farms are happening. Get used to it. Nimby fools.[/p][/quote]Not at all. Nuclear power stations do not require being built on rolling hillsides and being a blot on the landscape, sticking out like a sore thumb. I, and possibly along with many others, have yet to be convinced that wind farms are cost effective, now or in the long term. In the meantime, the tree huggers continue trying to justify their need/belief whilst inflicting these monstrosities on everybody else. hulla baloo
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12:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Green alternative? So using the power of the wind isn't a green alternative to coal and gas fired power stations? I'd much rather see a few turbines than have a nuclear station replace Fawley when it closes.
Green alternative? So using the power of the wind isn't a green alternative to coal and gas fired power stations? I'd much rather see a few turbines than have a nuclear station replace Fawley when it closes. Ginger_cyclist
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2:52pm Wed 16 Jan 13

one in a million says...

Time for some "NIMBY" comments.....
Time for some "NIMBY" comments..... one in a million
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2:33pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Ivor Ward says...

Your wife must love you Mr Gazdance if you are in such a foul mood every morning at 8.24! Perhaps I can cheer you up.
Lets see now: EDF are a French Company that produce power from Nuclear reactors in France at 11p a unit and from Nuclear and wind in the UK at 17.5p a unit. Oh dear that isn't so cheery after all. Lets try something else.
EDF claims 28MW from their farm so using their figure the maximum subsidy they can get is the ROC price of £41 per MW x 28MW x 24hrs x 365 days =
£10, 056, 480. TEN MILLION POUNDS which they will take and use to subsidise the French consumers power.
Has that cheered you up yet? No?

But on top of that subsidy EDF will get 5pence per unit. i.e per 1 kw. so that is £50 per MW .This is the payment for electricity produced.
So lets run the calculation again.
£50.x28MWx 24x365= £12,264,000.
Yes TWELVE MILLION POUNDS on top of the TEN MILLION POUNDS in subsidy. So if EDF figures were right they would make £22 million pounds per year from this one wind.factory. This is of course inflation proofed and guaranteed for 25 years. Are you cheering up yet Mr Gazdance? No?

This should do it. Guess who is paying all these subsidies? YOU ARE!!!! on every electricity bill you get. Surely you must be happy now?

Here is a spark of comfort for you. Because wind speeds are so low around Winchester EDF cannot hope to get more than 20% percent of the maximum so you'll only have to contribute your part of £5 million to help keep the electricity bills low in France.

Here's the killer... I have a house in France so I thank you for your contribution to my bills.
At least I am happy. It is such fun being a NIMBY!!!
Your wife must love you Mr Gazdance if you are in such a foul mood every morning at 8.24! Perhaps I can cheer you up. Lets see now: EDF are a French Company that produce power from Nuclear reactors in France at 11p a unit and from Nuclear and wind in the UK at 17.5p a unit. Oh dear that isn't so cheery after all. Lets try something else. EDF claims 28MW from their farm so using their figure the maximum subsidy they can get is the ROC price of £41 per MW x 28MW x 24hrs x 365 days = £10, 056, 480. TEN MILLION POUNDS which they will take and use to subsidise the French consumers power. Has that cheered you up yet? No? But on top of that subsidy EDF will get 5pence per unit. i.e per 1 kw. so that is £50 per MW .This is the payment for electricity produced. So lets run the calculation again. £50.x28MWx 24x365= £12,264,000. Yes TWELVE MILLION POUNDS on top of the TEN MILLION POUNDS in subsidy. So if EDF figures were right they would make £22 million pounds per year from this one wind.factory. This is of course inflation proofed and guaranteed for 25 years. Are you cheering up yet Mr Gazdance? No? This should do it. Guess who is paying all these subsidies? YOU ARE!!!! on every electricity bill you get. Surely you must be happy now? Here is a spark of comfort for you. Because wind speeds are so low around Winchester EDF cannot hope to get more than 20% percent of the maximum so you'll only have to contribute your part of £5 million to help keep the electricity bills low in France. Here's the killer... I have a house in France so I thank you for your contribution to my bills. At least I am happy. It is such fun being a NIMBY!!! Ivor Ward
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