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Winchester planners approve solar farm in Southern Parishes

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Winchester planners approve solar farm in Southern Parishes

Published in the Hampshire Chronicle on 14th December 2013

 

WINCHESTER planners have given the go ahead for a large solar farm.

The development, on the Southwick Estate, to the south of the Forest of Bere, could power around 5,000 homes and will cover 200 acres – the equivalent of around 150 football pitches.

It is the second successive solar farm to come before Winchester City Council’s planning committee.
At a meeting in Winchester’s Guildhall on Thursday, councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of the plans.

The site is currently a mixture of arable and pasture land and the developers, Hive Energy, said the new site could still be used for grazing by sheep.

But Cllr Therese Evans was unhappy at the size and scale of the development.

“It will be visible from Portsdown Hill and it will be an impact on the countryside and because it is so huge, it will have an impact on the roads,” she said.

Cllr Ian Tait said: “To think we can have renewable energy without it being visible from any vantage point is cloud cuckoo land.”

Although the council received 25 letters of rejection, Southwick and Widley Parish Council supported the proposal.

It follows the a November decision to allow a huge solar farm on three fields between Alresford and Bishop’s Sutton, which councillors at the time said “would not set a precedent.”

Work at the Southwick Estate is due to begin in the New Year and a spokesman for Hive Energy said it will take no longer than five months to complete.

The planning committee recently approved a smaller scheme on farmland between Bishop’s Sutton and Alresford. Another application has been made for Folly Hill at Itchen Stoke.

Group holds anti-fracking demo in Fareham

DEMO: Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth members Norman Pasley, Nigel Tay and John Vivian.

DEMO: Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth members Norman Pasley, Nigel Tay and John Vivian.

 

Published in the Portsmouth News on 10th December 2013

by Kimberley Barber
kimberley.barber@thenews.co.uk

 

A DEMONSTRATION saw scores of postcards sent to the county council calling on it not to allow fracking in Hampshire.

Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth held the protest in West Street, Fareham. Member Norman Pasley said: ‘We don’t need fracking for many reasons. It adds to climate change, uses vast amounts of water, risks polluting air and groundwater and it could delay investment in renewable energy.’

 

 

Warsaw climate deal finalised as deadlock broken

Warsaw climate deal finalised as deadlock broken

Published on the BusinessGreen website on Saturday 23rd November 2013

By James Murray, Jessica Shankleman

 

Agreement reached on loss and damage mechanism, despite opposition from developing nations

The Warsaw Summit closed with an agreement late on Saturday evening, after a last-ditch deal was reached on plans for a loss and damage mechanism designed to help developing nations cope with climate change impacts.

Forty-eight hours of tense negotiations including a stand-off between the US and developing nations culminated in a compromise deal that set out a timeline for discussions in the run up to the Paris Summit in 2015 and commits countries to a new loss and damage mechanism.

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