EDF Energy Renewables have issued this statement:
EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that it is withdrawing its appeal against the decision of three Hampshire councils to refuse planning permission for a proposed wind farm near Bullington Cross.
After reviewing the scheme in the light of recent government announcements on onshore wind, the company has told the Government’s Planning Inspectorate that it will not be proceeding with the appeal hearing scheduled for later this year.
The Bullington Cross wind farm proposal involved the development of a 14 turbine, 28 MW wind farm on agricultural land to the north of the A303.
In June 2014 the planning committees of Winchester, Test Valley and Basingstoke and Deane councils turned down EDF Energy Renewables’ application and the company announced its intention to appeal against the decision in December 2014.
Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative has said:
It is with great sadness that Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) has learnt that EDF Energy Renewables have decided not to proceed with their appeal against the planning refusal for the Bullington Cross Wind Farm. Without their support it would be impossible for us as a small co-op to fund the cost of a 15 day public enquiry. So we have reluctantly accepted EDF’s decision; this means we will not be pursuing the construction of a community owned wind farm at Bullington Cross at this time.
On-shore wind farms are one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy. 2,845 local people supported the wind farm application and this is in line with national figures that show 69% of people support wind farms and only 12% oppose them.
The wind will still blow at Bullington Cross. One day, maybe we will return.