A document setting out the plans for investigations prior to any submission of a planning application was under examination. Cllr Linda Thomas ran through the main points of the ‘Scoping document’ which raised such issues as visibility, potential noise, traffic, and construction.
Concerns were raised that the document had not identified how the power would be fed into the Grid with a possibility that it might require pylons from the windfarm across the town to a point north of Whitchurch.
The Committee expressed ‘grave concern’ on the scale and impact on Whitchurch and the environment, but would like further dialogue, and it was agreed that further local consultations would take place to gauge the opinion of Whitchurch residents.
The Council also agreed that it would keep Whitchurch residents informed of developments in respect of the Windfarm both on the Town Council website and here on the Town website.
While there are arguments on the efficiency and cost of such installations one Councillor pointed out that with the increasing requirement for power the alternative to wind generated energy might be a nuclear power station. “What is best?”
There are many who support such farms but it is clear the jury is still out.
See also our previous report: A windfarm on Whitchurch’s doorstep
The plans 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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