80-hectare solar farm bid thrown out by Wiltshire councillors

Solar developments have been a hot topic around Seend

Solar developments have been a hot topic around Seend

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Plans for an 80-hectare solar farm on Sandridge Hill, east of Melksham, were thrown out by Wiltshire Council’s planners today in a vote of seven against and four for the development.

The decision was delayed to allow councillors to visit the site and was made by Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee this afternoon.

The bid, which was to include a £44,000-a-year community fund, has attracted criticism from some residents in nearby Seend, who believe it will spoil their view of the countryside.

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3:57pm Wed 16 Apr 14

melkshamwizard says...

well done Wiltshire council, common sense over the money making people who don't give a **** about local people
well done Wiltshire council, common sense over the money making people who don't give a **** about local people melkshamwizard
  • Score: -25

5:26pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Cyanide says...

I'm far from a Green Party voter but considering the latest reports about climate change it seems a shame some people cannot see past their own selfish and vain reasons and see the benefit of this however small.
I'm far from a Green Party voter but considering the latest reports about climate change it seems a shame some people cannot see past their own selfish and vain reasons and see the benefit of this however small. Cyanide
  • Score: 35

5:46pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Room101 says...

How can you let others to be built but refuse this one. I bet if was housing it would be passed, as they want more built.
How can you let others to be built but refuse this one. I bet if was housing it would be passed, as they want more built. Room101
  • Score: 30

9:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

melkshamwizard says...

if anybody thinks this country can make any difference to global warming ,I don't think so, countries like China and India contribute more to global warming ,we did our bit the last 150yrs with the industries we had but alas have now gone, how many remember all the houses with coal fires when smoke billowed out of all chimneys houses and factories, if solar panels are part of the answer why doesn't the government put them on all houses .
if anybody thinks this country can make any difference to global warming ,I don't think so, countries like China and India contribute more to global warming ,we did our bit the last 150yrs with the industries we had but alas have now gone, how many remember all the houses with coal fires when smoke billowed out of all chimneys houses and factories, if solar panels are part of the answer why doesn't the government put them on all houses . melkshamwizard
  • Score: -9

10:03pm Wed 16 Apr 14

WiltshireGlory says...

The right decision was taken. This site is obscenely large covering over 110 football fields of agricultural land. Well done Wiltshire Council - solar should not be constructed at such a huge cost to all who get daily enjoyment from this fantastic landscape.
The right decision was taken. This site is obscenely large covering over 110 football fields of agricultural land. Well done Wiltshire Council - solar should not be constructed at such a huge cost to all who get daily enjoyment from this fantastic landscape. WiltshireGlory
  • Score: -28

9:27am Thu 17 Apr 14

the optimist says...

A sad day for democracy

The NIMBY'S in Seend think they have a right to decide how the people in Melksham live? How dare they?

I hope Cllr Seed and his crone's never knock on my door?

Perhaps it would teach them a lesson if a large housing estate was put in the valley around Craysmarsh between Sandridge and Seend? Or maybe even a motorway?
A sad day for democracy The NIMBY'S in Seend think they have a right to decide how the people in Melksham live? How dare they? I hope Cllr Seed and his crone's never knock on my door? Perhaps it would teach them a lesson if a large housing estate was put in the valley around Craysmarsh between Sandridge and Seend? Or maybe even a motorway? the optimist
  • Score: 22

9:34am Thu 17 Apr 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

I cannot I cannot believe I am reading this!

This is nothing more than blatant NIMBY(ism)

Solar power is the way forward but its being suppressed by a bunch of Luddites!

I wonder how many of the seven that said NO either live in Seend or are in the pockets of its residents!
I cannot I cannot believe I am reading this! This is nothing more than blatant NIMBY(ism) Solar power is the way forward but its being suppressed by a bunch of Luddites! I wonder how many of the seven that said NO either live in Seend or are in the pockets of its residents! Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 22

9:39am Thu 17 Apr 14

shed says...

quote

".........are in the pockets of its residents!"

that's why there are no pot holes in the road through Seend.

its who you know, or contribute to.
quote ".........are in the pockets of its residents!" that's why there are no pot holes in the road through Seend. its who you know, or contribute to. shed
  • Score: 24

10:48am Thu 17 Apr 14

frankie007 says...

I don't really care whether they grow oil seed rape or electricity. What really gets me is these numpties at county hall chucking applications out when they know it's 95% certain to be allowed on appeal, just so they can say it's not their fault. Anyone know how much an appeal costs us?
I don't really care whether they grow oil seed rape or electricity. What really gets me is these numpties at county hall chucking applications out when they know it's 95% certain to be allowed on appeal, just so they can say it's not their fault. Anyone know how much an appeal costs us? frankie007
  • Score: 22

10:58am Thu 17 Apr 14

the optimist says...

In a newer article entitled –

"We'll appeal against refusal of 80-hectare Melksham solar farm, say developers"

There is a quote -
Seend councillor Jonathon Seed spoke against the bid. He said: “I support renewable energy but I do not want to see our Wiltshire countryside littered with solar farms.
“It will be the industrialisation of the countryside, and I believe that is unacceptable.”

Well, I have got news for you Mr Seed. The countryside is where we grow our food, it is already industrialised.

Also – how can you be “for” Solar but not have them littering our Wiltshire countryside?

Perhaps this site should now be considered for a few wind turbines since your crazy idea to have them banned in Wiltshire has been thrown out by the inspector?
In a newer article entitled – "We'll appeal against refusal of 80-hectare Melksham solar farm, say developers" There is a quote - Seend councillor Jonathon Seed spoke against the bid. He said: “I support renewable energy but I do not want to see our Wiltshire countryside littered with solar farms. “It will be the industrialisation of the countryside, and I believe that is unacceptable.” Well, I have got news for you Mr Seed. The countryside is where we grow our food, it is already industrialised. Also – how can you be “for” Solar but not have them littering our Wiltshire countryside? Perhaps this site should now be considered for a few wind turbines since your crazy idea to have them banned in Wiltshire has been thrown out by the inspector? the optimist
  • Score: 15

11:17am Thu 17 Apr 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

“We think solar is a useful form of renewable energy, and that it needs to be sited in the best place"

Yeah mate just not in your back yard, eh?

#NIMBY
“We think solar is a useful form of renewable energy, and that it needs to be sited in the best place" Yeah mate just not in your back yard, eh? #NIMBY Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 14

11:19am Thu 17 Apr 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

Build social housing on the site....... That would shut these people up!
Build social housing on the site....... That would shut these people up! Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 13

11:54am Thu 17 Apr 14

bigbadjohn says...

Once again the Nimby's strike in Melksham. Who remembers the derelict GEC site. A certain handful of people objected to everything that was put forward, and what happened in the end, after years of dereliction, it is now mostly social housing.

What do these objectors think we are going to do when it kicks off in Russia, and the gas gets turned off. To be honest I think a nuclear power station would be a better option, as it would be more efficient than solar panels.
Once again the Nimby's strike in Melksham. Who remembers the derelict GEC site. A certain handful of people objected to everything that was put forward, and what happened in the end, after years of dereliction, it is now mostly social housing. What do these objectors think we are going to do when it kicks off in Russia, and the gas gets turned off. To be honest I think a nuclear power station would be a better option, as it would be more efficient than solar panels. bigbadjohn
  • Score: 16

12:18pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Mary Q says...

How many things that we love do we risk losing from climate change? Think about people in developing countries who are struggling with drought or floods (or think about Somerset for that matter) think about what the future may hold for our children and then solar panels peeping through the trees in your view will not seem such a big deal. The UN says we need to triple our renewable energy to avoid catastrophic climate change. Why should Wiltshire not make its contributions?
How many things that we love do we risk losing from climate change? Think about people in developing countries who are struggling with drought or floods (or think about Somerset for that matter) think about what the future may hold for our children and then solar panels peeping through the trees in your view will not seem such a big deal. The UN says we need to triple our renewable energy to avoid catastrophic climate change. Why should Wiltshire not make its contributions? Mary Q
  • Score: 14

1:08pm Thu 17 Apr 14

running_with_sissors says...

Just read James Grey's column today, where he objects to solar farms because "I don't want Wiltshire turned into one giant mirror". What an idiotic comment from a third division MP. Does he not know that the core property of a mirror is to be reflective? Precisely what is not required by a solar panel? Duh! I am left wondering whether he's ever looked at a solar panel.
Just read James Grey's column today, where he objects to solar farms because "I don't want Wiltshire turned into one giant mirror". What an idiotic comment from a third division MP. Does he not know that the core property of a mirror is to be reflective? Precisely what is not required by a solar panel? Duh! I am left wondering whether he's ever looked at a solar panel. running_with_sissors
  • Score: 19

1:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

brandx says...

Things seem seriously wrong with this decision. A few weeks ago the planning meeting was suddenly cancelled amidst talk of Claire Perry having words with County Hall Tories. Then when it finally comes up, the Tories combine to get it thrown out. Planning is meant to be non party political, but.....

It is pretty certain that the decision will be appealed and the officers will have a hard time defending the Council - Tory - decision. So it is likely there will be large costs award against Willtshire Council, which we council tax payers will have to cover.

The real question is why the Tories have let party politics take over planning matters. It is probably because the Tories are running scared of UKIP.
Things seem seriously wrong with this decision. A few weeks ago the planning meeting was suddenly cancelled amidst talk of Claire Perry having words with County Hall Tories. Then when it finally comes up, the Tories combine to get it thrown out. Planning is meant to be non party political, but..... It is pretty certain that the decision will be appealed and the officers will have a hard time defending the Council - Tory - decision. So it is likely there will be large costs award against Willtshire Council, which we council tax payers will have to cover. The real question is why the Tories have let party politics take over planning matters. It is probably because the Tories are running scared of UKIP. brandx
  • Score: 17

3:12pm Thu 17 Apr 14

IanMcL says...

Tory tribal behaviour in planning?
Tory tribal behaviour in planning? IanMcL
  • Score: 10

4:08pm Fri 18 Apr 14

jonners123 says...

Why not put the panels up on the roofs of council buildings, shopping centres, factories, schools, hospitals etc? There seems to be lots of roof 'space' available not being used that would have no impact on the countryside.
Bet the farmer is hacked off.....
Why not put the panels up on the roofs of council buildings, shopping centres, factories, schools, hospitals etc? There seems to be lots of roof 'space' available not being used that would have no impact on the countryside. Bet the farmer is hacked off..... jonners123
  • Score: 7

5:36pm Fri 18 Apr 14

RS Sheffield says...

I think the Tories called this badly wrong, and they will lose votes as a result of this absurd decision, which clearly puts politics ahead of good planning policy.
I think the Tories called this badly wrong, and they will lose votes as a result of this absurd decision, which clearly puts politics ahead of good planning policy. RS Sheffield
  • Score: 13

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