MP's visit Wind Turbine Site
28 Sep 2012
Steve Brine MP GY Christian Egal at Upper Norton Farm
Steve Brine MP GY Christian Egal at Upper Norton Farm
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Two local MPs whose constituencies would be affected by the proposed wind turbines at Bullington Cross had a meeting with the company involved at Norton Park Hotel. Sir George Young, MP for North West Hants, and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester met Christian Eagal, the CEO of EDF Energy Renewables, together with Darren Cuming, the Onshore Wind Development Manager. After meeting at the hotel, they went to the proposed site to see the impact which the wind turbines would have on the landscape, and on those who live nearby. "EDF confirmed that they planned to put in a Planning Application to the three local Authorities involved in December, having commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment. Obviously, this document will be of enormous importance to the Local Authorities, and to the communities who live near the proposed site. At the moment, there is not one lead Authority, so it so it would appear that each Local Authority will manage its own response to the application. Seventeen turbines are proposed, delivering thirty-four megawatts of power. The cost would be round about £50 million, and, if the development went ahead, there would be Business Rates of about £15,000 per megawatt. Thirty-four megawatts are envisaged. Access to the site would be off the A303 with an improved road from the turning to Upper Norton Farm. EDF Energy Renewals were aware of the interest of the MOD, who are objecting because of the impact on radar at Middle Wallop. They are also proposing to treat Popham as a Authorised Airfield, although technically, because of its size, they don't need to do this."

The MPs were told that there had been a mixed response to the consultation so far, with further meetings planned in Sutton Scotney and Laverstoke on October 22. There would be no overhead lines linking the turbines to the National Grid, as these would all be buried. The developers were proposing a community fund, to be split between the three Local Authorities. After the meeting, Sir George said that he understood the concerns of local residents, and would be interested in the response from the Parish Councils concerned, and the Environmental Impact Assessment. He urged constituents who would be affected by the scheme to engage in the consultation.

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