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25th June 2014
Planning Permission Refused.
B&DBC Development Committee voted to REFUSE TCI Renewables wind turbine application last night, Wednesday 25th June 2014; the vote was 8 vs 4.
The session lasted for over 4 hours with excellent speeches by the objectors, Parish Councillors and local Councillors. We were particularly grateful for the firm support of Councillors Anna McNair Scott, Jackie Porter, Malcolm Wright and Mark Ruffell.
This is a good time to thank the many other people who have helped and supported the campaign: SOS (Save our Scenic) Hampshire Downs team members, local residents and people further afield, in particular our excellent website designers, White Label Productions.
This is a victory for our priceless rolling Hampshire downland, local people and common sense which we should celebrate. Unfortunately the possibility of an appeal by TCI Renewables remains and we have to be ready to face that if it comes. However, we believe the reasons for refusal are sufficiently strong and numerous to give us every chance of success at Appeal.More News
Plans have been submitted to put 6 giant wind turbines at Woodmancott on the Hampshire Downs.
At 130 metres, each one is 30 metres taller than Big Ben and will be visible from 20 miles away.
They will be the only blot on the unspoilt landscape between Basingstoke and Winchester and comfortably the largest structures between London and Lands End.
And it's not just the turbines, TCI Renewables, the developer, wants to turn farmland into access roads and hard standing for cranes, there's the cabling and power stations and all the other infrastructure that comes with industrial-scale power generation.
This is the second wind farm proposal in the area this year - and if one is approved, more could follow.
This proposal means environmental destruction, turbine noise, more traffic, and visual blight.
We are planning to fight this all the way and we need your help. Objections to the Basingstoke & Deane Planning Department are still being accepted. You should submit your objection NOW!
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