Plans for investigation into a potential Wind Farm on land to the south west of Whitchurch have been announced.
This could be one of the largest developments ever undertaken in the area, with its nearest point less than two miles from the Town Square.
Up to 17 turbines
The Bullington Cross Wind Farm, proposed by EDF Energy, would comprise a maximum of 17 generating units in an area which is primarily agricultural, north of the A303, east of the A34, and south east of Tufton Warren. The turbines will be visible from many points within Whitchurch, and as far away as parts of Berkshire and Wiltshire.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is one of the first stages in deciding whether the area is suitable for such development and a formal deposit of the Scoping Report which sets the parameters for an EIA has been lodged with the planners.
The site itself straddles three local authorities, with six of the wind turbines within the Basingstoke and Deane Borough, three in Test Valley and eight in the Winchester council area.
126.5 metres (414feet) high
The site would be capable of producing the annual electricity for 15,800 homes (34MW of power), The turbine hub would be approximately 80 metres (262ft) high with a 46.25 metre (152ft) blade, so total height would be 126.25 metres (414ft).
Once these preliminary assessments have been undertaken, EDF say that intention is to submit a planning application for the farm by the end of 2012 with an aim of construction in 2014. There will also be a number of public meetings for consultation.
The original of the area and copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Document are available for download from Basingstoke and Deane Planning Department, here: BDB/76274 Go to ‘Documents’.
See also: Bullington Cross Windfarm
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