Decision due on Melksham solar farm

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A decision will be made on Wednesday on the plans for an 80-hectare solar farm on land at Snarlton Lane, Melksham.

The application, by developer Sandridge Solar, has attracted criticism from residents in Seend, who have petitioned against the plans.

Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee will meet at 10.30am at County Hall in Trowbridge to decide whether to approve the bid.

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9:19pm Sat 8 Mar 14

eureka+ says...

we like to talk GREEN.. worry about environmental impact of carbon emissions, we experience the sharp end of climate change as a result of years of pollution etc, and yet when it comes to taking practical steps that reduces pressure on the environment, we panic.. "not in my backyard".. hope I'm wrong on this one, and hope that WC takes the lead in causing a step change in attitudes..
we like to talk GREEN.. worry about environmental impact of carbon emissions, we experience the sharp end of climate change as a result of years of pollution etc, and yet when it comes to taking practical steps that reduces pressure on the environment, we panic.. "not in my backyard".. hope I'm wrong on this one, and hope that WC takes the lead in causing a step change in attitudes.. eureka+
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9:19am Mon 10 Mar 14

loosewoman says...

I agree. A lot of the people who are against this are, quite frankly, scare-mongering and exaggerating the alleged 'blot on the landscape'. In my village, which is near the site, one resident angrily wrote to the Gazette complaining that the parish council had agreed to support the application without holding a referendum - ignoring the fact that (a) referendums cost a large amount of money which all the parishioners would have to pay for, and (b) there isn't a single house in the village from which the solar farm could be seen. Absolutely ridiculous.
I agree. A lot of the people who are against this are, quite frankly, scare-mongering and exaggerating the alleged 'blot on the landscape'. In my village, which is near the site, one resident angrily wrote to the Gazette complaining that the parish council had agreed to support the application without holding a referendum - ignoring the fact that (a) referendums cost a large amount of money which all the parishioners would have to pay for, and (b) there isn't a single house in the village from which the solar farm could be seen. Absolutely ridiculous. loosewoman
  • Score: 1

10:13am Mon 10 Mar 14

Localactivist says...

I think it's a good scheme which ticks all the right boxes - low-grade land, well-hidden, plans to improve biodiversity etc. And the developers are offering a substantial community benefit fund - which many don't - and in my view is going to be increasingly important for green energy projects in future to get communities to accept change.
I think it's a good scheme which ticks all the right boxes - low-grade land, well-hidden, plans to improve biodiversity etc. And the developers are offering a substantial community benefit fund - which many don't - and in my view is going to be increasingly important for green energy projects in future to get communities to accept change. Localactivist
  • Score: 1

10:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

eureka said..." we experience the sharp end of climate change as a result of years of pollution"

Proof please...
eureka said..." we experience the sharp end of climate change as a result of years of pollution" Proof please... Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

brandx says...

I have just heard that Tory MP, Claire Perry, has been on to Jane Scott and the decision on this important application has been delayed. Pray, just what is going on?
I have just heard that Tory MP, Claire Perry, has been on to Jane Scott and the decision on this important application has been delayed. Pray, just what is going on? brandx
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Terry Chivers says...

it was interesting to see the Conservatives vote again on block to defer this its true that C Perry did make contact with Council at last minute.
it was interesting to see the Conservatives vote again on block to defer this its true that C Perry did make contact with Council at last minute. Terry Chivers
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