An exhibition of the proposed wind farm to the south of Whitchurch opened today (Wednesday) in the Parish Hall. The renewable energy farm, which will comprise of 17 turbines, is planned to be just two miles south of the town.
Representatives from EDF Energy Renewables were on hand to discuss the proposals and to collect local opinion, before a planning application is submitted for the land situated north east of the junction of the A34 and the A303, known as Bullington Cross. The application will be determined by Basingstoke & Deane, Test Valley and Winchester Councils as it crosses all their boundaries.
Included in the exhibition are details of the proposed turbine layouts, photomontages and 3D visual simulations to help residents understand what the wind farm will look like from various locations.
One concern has been how the power will feed into the National Grid and the website was told this may be through a number of locations, yet to be determined. This is likely to be to one of three points – near Andover, just north of Whitchurch or near Barton Stacey, with underground connection to the latter being the likely preferred option.
Ian Watson from EDF said he was “delighted with the turnout and the interest shown” before explaining that this was only the start of the consultation process, prior to any application.
Visitors were encouraged to leave their written comments on the proposals.
The Exhibition continues today (Thursday) and is open at the Parish Hall from 12noon to 7.00pm.
More details on the proposed scheme are also available at: http://www.bullingtoncrosswindfarm.co.uk.