Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

01 AUG 2013

Woodmancott Down wind farm [REFUSED]

The proposal for Woodmancott Down came from TCI Renewables and was to develop a wind power station consisting of six 130m tall turbines on Woodmancott Down, Hampshire.

In addition, the company proposed to construct access roads, transformer enclosures, crane hardstandings, a control building and a connection to the electricity grid.

A planning application was submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on June 14 2013 and invited responses until August 14 2013.

The site proposed sits outside of Steve Brine's Winchester constituency; it is located in the North East Hampshire seat represented by James arbuthnot MP.

Steve was however contacted by a number of concerned constituents, living in nearby Woodmancott, in Alresford and from across the Dever Valley.  He was also been contacted by the Alresford Society.

A number of open meetings, organised by the campaign group SOS Hampshire, were held w/c Aug 5 in both James Arbuthnot's and Steve Brine's constituency.  One such meeting was held in East Stratton Village Hall on Aug 6 which was attended by around 90 residents.

Pictured; The Yew Tree Avenue at Preston Candover as it would have appeared post wind power station development.  Note about images: TCI renewables have asked us to point out that they have a number of visual representations on the project website showing how the turbines would look in the surrounding landscape. They can all be viewed here.

Latest news!

The Planning Committee of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council heard this application at its meeting on Wednesday 25th June 2014.  Elected councillors eventually agreed with the Officer recommendation to REFUSE this application so it was NOT granted planning permission.  We now wait to see if the applicant will submit an appeal which they are entitled to do.  You can view the Decision and related documents here.

The national policy perspective

The coalition Government, in the Spring of 2013, tightened the guidance on wind farm applications to ensure a greater say for local communities. This involves allowing people to have much earlier and better involvement in turbine plans, a five-fold increase in benefits to be paid by developers to local communities and saw actual planning guidance changed to make clear need for renewable energy does not automatically override concerns of local communities.

Written Ministerial Statement from Eric Pickles MP 'Local planning and onshore wind' (June 2013)

Letter to Local Authority Leaders and Planning Inspectorate with new guidance (June 2013)

Written Ministerial Statement from Ed Davey MP on reduced taxpayer subsidy for onshire wind (June 2013)

Full planning practice guidance for renewable energy (July 2013)

Written Ministerial Statement from Eric Pickles MP strenghtening local environmental considerations (Oct 2013)

Letter from DECC Conservative Minister Michael Fallon MP to Steve Brine outlining the approach a future Conservative Government would take to onshore wind. (April 2014)

More information ...

SOS Hampshire campaign group

Dever Society pages on the subject

TCI Renewables Woodmancott Down website

View the planning application on the B&D council website

Read Steve Brine's letter to the council here (downloads as a PDF)

The Bullington Cross wind farm is a seperate proposed development - visit Steve's pages here

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