Plans to build solar panel on Hampshire farm are withdrawn

Huge solar farm plan axed

Huge solar farm plan axed

Huge solar farm plan axed

First published in Environment

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a giant solar farm in the Hampshire countryside has been withdrawn just hours before it was due to be decided.

Solar farm firm Sunsave withdrew their application for the scheme, which would have provided electricity for 13,500 homesthis afternoon

The scheme was due to be heard by planners at Fareham Borough Counciil tomorrow.

The farm, built by Sunsave Ltd (Fareham) would have had 4,166 racks of photovoltaic panels on land at Newlands Farm between Fareham and Stubbington.

Council planning officers were recommending to councillors that they turn down the scheme.

Concerns about the plans in an officer's report to the council noted that the areas proposed had not been surveyed for protecting species like birds and reptiles.

A signed petition from 212 people supporting the scheme was handed over to the council, earlier this month, from members of the Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth.

Councillor Nick Walker the chairman of the Planning Committee said: “We have just been made aware of the withdrawal.

"This means that the Planning Committee Special Meeting due to take place on Thursday February 14  has been cancelled."

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5:59pm Wed 13 Feb 13

J.P.M says...

Thank goodness.

This would have brought unwelcome focus on the adjunct pending applications from BNFL. The sub-terra nuclear plans for Hedge End / Botley will produce 30 times more energy, at a third of the running costs. (not to mention, the removal of uncertainty about guaranteed sunshine..)
Thank goodness. This would have brought unwelcome focus on the adjunct pending applications from BNFL. The sub-terra nuclear plans for Hedge End / Botley will produce 30 times more energy, at a third of the running costs. (not to mention, the removal of uncertainty about guaranteed sunshine..) J.P.M
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10:14am Thu 14 Feb 13

derek james says...

as previously mentioned, best to keep agricultural land for that purpose than to tie it up for 25 years with these devices
as previously mentioned, best to keep agricultural land for that purpose than to tie it up for 25 years with these devices derek james
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