Objection to solar park

Bucks Free Press: Wycombe District Council offices. The application has gone to WDC. Wycombe District Council offices. The application has gone to WDC.

A LEADING pressure group has objected to a planning application for 28,000 solar panels on open fields near Bledlow.

Hive Energy, a company based in Hampshire, wants to place the panels and 39 pylons at Forty Green Farm in Forty Green.

More than 100 residents have objected to the application on the Wycombe District Council planning website, but there has also been a handful of letters in support for the development.

The Open Spaces Society, a pressure-group for the protection of paths and green spaces, has objected to the application, which will cover 46 acres and is capable of generating up to 7.3MW of power.

The campaign against the proposal is led by the Solar Park Action Group, a member of the Open Spaces Society. The Ramblers have also objected.

Kate Ashbrook, the OSS general secretary, said: "The applicants call this a "solar park" to make it sound acceptable but of course that is a euphemism; it is a solar factory in open countryside. It will be highly visible from numerous places, near and far. It will be an eyesore from Bledlow and its surrounding settlements of Henton, Forty Green, Skittle Green and Holly Green, as well as from the Chiltern ridge.

"This is an industrial development in a beautiful rural area. It is close to, and crossed by a number of public footpaths and one at least would need to be diverted—although he applicants claim that public access is unaffected. There is also the nearby Phoenix Trail, which is immensely popular for walkers, riders and cyclists; the proposed development would ruin their enjoyment of the area."

The applicants say the site is currently in agricultural use but due to the temporary nature (26 years) of the development the agricultural use will be retained- particularly in the long term.

They add: "If the council is to committed towards renewable energy generation then such electricity generation will need to be introduced, which will generally need to be located outside of urban areas and within the countryside where the capacity to support such developments exist."

They also said due to the nature of the development the land needs to be not subject to overshadowing.

They added: "It is considered that due to the benign nature of the development proposals that the solar park will not have an unacceptable visual impact on the wider surroundings given the topography of the site and the layering effect of the existing vegetation in the majority of views."

The case planning officer, Richard White (ref. 14/05105/FUL) on Wycombe District Council website will welcome your comments.

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6:15pm Tue 11 Mar 14

s6blr says...

We need all he renewable energy we can get, and we need it NOW.

You tree huggers killed of Nuclear, and before it coal.
Then the greenies have blocked wind farms, demanding we do solar.
Now you're blocking solar, so WTF do you want to fuel your Pious' with?

Why didn't you block the High Heavens rubbish station, that will compact and send fuel to Nottingham where they wlll be burning rubbish for electricity?
We need all he renewable energy we can get, and we need it NOW. You tree huggers killed of Nuclear, and before it coal. Then the greenies have blocked wind farms, demanding we do solar. Now you're blocking solar, so WTF do you want to fuel your Pious' with? Why didn't you block the High Heavens rubbish station, that will compact and send fuel to Nottingham where they wlll be burning rubbish for electricity? s6blr
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6:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

tom.marlow2 says...

Much better to have a nuclear power station in someone else's backyard
Much better to have a nuclear power station in someone else's backyard tom.marlow2
  • Score: 2

9:18am Wed 12 Mar 14

CatherineAB says...

Surely better to install solar panels on ALL roofs, and make ALL buildings self-generating, then we will not need all these extravagant ways of producing power. The existing generating plants can be directing power to railways, street lighting and other public services where electricity is used. AND we will not need to depend on nuclear for top-up.
Surely better to install solar panels on ALL roofs, and make ALL buildings self-generating, then we will not need all these extravagant ways of producing power. The existing generating plants can be directing power to railways, street lighting and other public services where electricity is used. AND we will not need to depend on nuclear for top-up. CatherineAB
  • Score: 0

9:22am Wed 12 Mar 14

pennman says...

We need renewable energy. So what if it's a bit shiny? If they're in fields, surely the Open Space Society don't have access to these fields as presumably they've got crops in them.
We need renewable energy. So what if it's a bit shiny? If they're in fields, surely the Open Space Society don't have access to these fields as presumably they've got crops in them. pennman
  • Score: 1

9:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

Bajina says...

s6blr wrote:
We need all he renewable energy we can get, and we need it NOW.

You tree huggers killed of Nuclear, and before it coal.
Then the greenies have blocked wind farms, demanding we do solar.
Now you're blocking solar, so WTF do you want to fuel your Pious' with?

Why didn't you block the High Heavens rubbish station, that will compact and send fuel to Nottingham where they wlll be burning rubbish for electricity?
s6bir, i think i follow.
But you are right. the NIMBIES need to understand ''We need all he renewable energy we can get, and we need it NOW.''.
Let us hope our politiciuans understand and do not back away, just because it is in the papers. we need to stand TOUGH< á la David Cameroon.
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: We need all he renewable energy we can get, and we need it NOW. You tree huggers killed of Nuclear, and before it coal. Then the greenies have blocked wind farms, demanding we do solar. Now you're blocking solar, so WTF do you want to fuel your Pious' with? Why didn't you block the High Heavens rubbish station, that will compact and send fuel to Nottingham where they wlll be burning rubbish for electricity?[/p][/quote]s6bir, i think i follow. But you are right. the NIMBIES need to understand ''We need all he renewable energy we can get, and we need it NOW.''. Let us hope our politiciuans understand and do not back away, just because it is in the papers. we need to stand TOUGH< á la David Cameroon. Bajina
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10:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

If they can't make solar farms work in Germany, what makes people think they will work in a field near High Wycombe?
If they can't make solar farms work in Germany, what makes people think they will work in a field near High Wycombe? Ivor'sbestfriend
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

tom.marlow2 says...

Ivor'sbestfriend wrote:
If they can't make solar farms work in Germany, what makes people think they will work in a field near High Wycombe?
Because we are better at stuff than they are?

Actually, Germany has had more success with renewable energy than pretty much anywhere else in Europe - See for example http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Renewable_e
nergy_in_Germany

One of the differences is that the German government is not committed to bolstering the profits of the multinational power generation companies, so the it is able to implement policies that support individual and community power generation.
[quote][p][bold]Ivor'sbestfriend[/bold] wrote: If they can't make solar farms work in Germany, what makes people think they will work in a field near High Wycombe?[/p][/quote]Because we are better at stuff than they are? Actually, Germany has had more success with renewable energy than pretty much anywhere else in Europe - See for example http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Renewable_e nergy_in_Germany One of the differences is that the German government is not committed to bolstering the profits of the multinational power generation companies, so the it is able to implement policies that support individual and community power generation. tom.marlow2
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