Update: February 2015
Now that EDF have appealed, many of you will have received a letter from the Council inviting you to submit further comments to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.
Your letters of objection, already sent in the first round, will be taken into consideration by the Planning Inspector but, if you want to reinforce your arguments, have specialist knowledge or are directly affected, you are encouraged to write to The Planning Inspectorate by 9th March.
Your objection should include the appeal references:
APP/L1765/W/14/3001602, APP/H1705/W/14/3001603 and APP/C1760/W/14/3001604, and state that it refers to Bullington Cross Wind Farm. It can be e-mailed to email@example.com
If you do not have access to the internet, you must send THREE copies direct to:
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6PN
How to object
ADVICE FOR OBJECTORS, WRITTEN IN SPRING 2013. THE LISTED REASONS FOR OBJECTION ARE STILL VALID WHEN WRITING TO THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE. SEE NEW CONTACT DETAILS ABOVE.
There are just four important elements to make your objection count:
- Include your full name and address.
- Be clear that you are objecting to Bullington Windfarm.
- Be sure to include the words “I object” in the first sentence.
- Write a short statement of why you object.
What To Say
As long as you have taken account of the four points above, you can say whatever you feel is important to you. Planning issues (see below) carry more weight but no specialist knowledge is needed. Even one sentence is enough: (eg. “As someone who values the countryside highly I OBJECT to the proposed wind farm near Bullington Cross, because these moving industrial structures will spoil the tranquillity and scenic beauty of the Hampshire landscape.”) However, you are free to write more if you want to.
Please use your own words. If you want further ideas on what to say, please see below. All members of a household should object separately. You do not have to live in the area to object; visitors’ opinions count too.
If you are not happy with the objection you have submitted, or forgot one of the four essential elements, you can submit again and replace your first objection. If in doubt, just send it.
HERE ARE THE CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE PLANNING OFFICERS WHO DEALT WITH THIS CASE.
Winchester City Council
Hampshire SO23 9LJ
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Hampshire RG21 4AH
Mrs Lucy Page
Test Valley Borough Council
Hampshire SP10 3AJ
The final date for objecting online was 13th January 2014.
For more detailed objections
It is better to concentrate on relevant planning issues rather than questions of electricity output, costs or carbon savings, though there is no harm in mentioning these.
The most important planning issues are:
- Visual - landscape character, cultural heritage, views from Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Park
- Local residential impact - noise, vibration, flicker
- Ecology - birds, bats, flora
- Amenity - enjoyment of unspoilt countryside, effect on footpaths and bridleways
- Economic impact - Popham airfield, Tufton Warren wedding venue, local pubs
- Safety - light aircraft, military helicopters, hot-air balloons, traffic disruption during construction
Further points to consider
The following section suggests gives more detail on the key areas for objection. Choose what is important to you and write in your own words. A personal objection with your own observations and examples is best, including your association with the area; e.g. resident, relations in the area, keen walker, lover of the countryside. There is no harm in expressing genuine personal feelings. If you are angry, say so.
Landscape and cultural value
- Severe visual impact on the setting of the nearby North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and impact on views from the South Downs National Park.
- Degradation of one of Hampshire’s greatest assets, the rolling countryside.
- For the very modest benefit, the price we pay in terms of industrialising the landscape is far too great.
- This would make it more likely that there would be further degradation through industrialisation and development of this rural area.
- Eroding one of the few remaining tranquil areas in Hampshire; viewed from the footpaths rather than the roads, this is an exceptionally beautiful landscape.
- This is the first stretch of open, rural landscape encountered by visitors travelling to the west; it is the gateway to the west and should not be spoiled.
- This is a landscape associated with Jane Austen, whose home was at Steventon, just a few miles away. We are on the northern fringe of Thomas Hardy country, known throughout the world as typical, rolling English countryside. In 1830 William Cobbett described this area as “one of the finest spots in England”. Much of it has changed very little.
- For those living nearby, the turbines will be dominating and intimidating.
- Popham airfield is a popular resource for a wide range of people.
- Tufton Warren has a prestigious wedding venue which is important to the local economy.
- Local pubs and restaurants benefit from walkers and cyclists who value the tranquillity and scenic beauty of the area. The reason people come will be compromised.
- The Hampshire countryside is an economic resource in itself, attracting visitors from many parts of the world.
- The developer exaggerates the carbon savings and electricity generation; even the benefits claimed are significantly outweighed by the harm caused in many of the areas discussed above.
- For further information, visit our WIND POWER section, press articles in NEWS or explore www.countryguardian.net, www.ref.org.uk, www.windbyte.co.uk
- Local birds known to be affected by turbines include owls, buzzards, red kite, ospreys, lapwings, golden plover, skylarks, etc.
- Lapwing populations are fragile but have slowly been recovering in the area; this will have a negative impact.
- Ospreys are often seen locally; even a small number of deaths would have a serious impact on populations.
- Barn owls are rare, but occasionally seen; tawny owls breed in the surrounding woods.
- Eight species of bats, including three classified as rare, live near the site. Bats can be particularly seriously affected.
- Studies have shown that birds are reluctant to breed in the vicinity of turbines.
- Popham airfield is very close; this would pose serious risks to light aircraft.
- Lasham airfield is not far away; gliders sometimes come over this area.
- Hot air balloons frequently fly across this stretch of countryside.
- Military helicopter exercises would be affected, or displaced to other areas.
- Distraction of drivers on the A303 and A34 could be hazardous.
- There would be significant disruption on busy roads during construction.
Local area impact
- There is growing evidence from many countries that noise and low frequency vibration can cause health problems and sleep deprivation for up to 3 km.
- Flicker and shadow can affect surrounding homes.
- The desirability of living in the vicinity would be downgraded.
- There is no significant local benefit.