Biggest solar farm plans are dropped

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PLANS to build the biggest solar farm in Oxfordshire have been dropped.

The proposal to build 50,688 solar panels on farmland on the edge of Oxford near Barton have been abandoned by environmental consultancy ADAS.

Its managers showed the project details to South Oxfordshire District Council planners for advice on behalf of the owner of the 74.5 acres of Wadley Hill Farm land, Robert Brooks.

ADAS team manager Colin Procter yesterday said the plans would not be submitted to the council as a formal application because of negative feedback.

Mr Procter said: “We feel the impact on the green belt would be too great a risk. We wanted to talk to the authority and see what their opinion is.

“We are always looking for other more suitable sites which meet the planning regulations to develop projects that will be positive and won’t have a significant environmental detrimental impact.”

Campaign to Protect Rural England in Oxfordshire spokesman Michael Tyce said: “That is really excellent news. I’m pleased the image of Oxford and openness of the green belt is to be protected from what would have been an extremely harmful project to both.”

But Headington resident Nicholas Newman, 50, said he was “extremely disappointed”

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because the project would have been beneficial.

The energy journalist said: “That particular place was not particularly attractive in the first place.

“This is another failed scheme for green energy which we need.”

Mr Brooks declined to comment.

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10:49am Fri 1 Feb 13

bart-on simpson says...

Very, very disappointing.

Michael Tyce and the CPRE are a disgrace. What do they WANT?

CPRE are just above the Taleban in my estimation, wanting to take us back to a flat earth, forelock-tugging times of the 12th century.
Very, very disappointing. Michael Tyce and the CPRE are a disgrace. What do they WANT? CPRE are just above the Taleban in my estimation, wanting to take us back to a flat earth, forelock-tugging times of the 12th century. bart-on simpson
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11:39am Fri 1 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

bart-on simpson wrote:
Very, very disappointing.

Michael Tyce and the CPRE are a disgrace. What do they WANT?

CPRE are just above the Taleban in my estimation, wanting to take us back to a flat earth, forelock-tugging times of the 12th century.
As much as I despise the CPRE, this is a great decision for the future. We need to get away from all this so called "Green energy" as it is a con. Windfarms and Solar panels will contribute next to nothing, especially as the demand for electricity goes up (just imagine 20 million electric cars on our roads) and the demand for Diesel/Petrol goes down. We really need to look to the French, and follow their model of Nuclear Powered, Modern power stations producing Clean, Green, and cheap energy for the foreseeable future. Forget Chernobyl, we don't build them like that anymore, and the fact that The Germans will have to buy Nuclear Generated Electricity to make up for the shortfall caused by their own Green power policy, just about says it all really, and MORE importantly due to their Green policy Germans at the moment pay THREE times more per KWH for their Electricity than Americans, and bills are expected to rise another 10% this year. Don't let us fall for this great con as well.
[quote][p][bold]bart-on simpson[/bold] wrote: Very, very disappointing. Michael Tyce and the CPRE are a disgrace. What do they WANT? CPRE are just above the Taleban in my estimation, wanting to take us back to a flat earth, forelock-tugging times of the 12th century.[/p][/quote]As much as I despise the CPRE, this is a great decision for the future. We need to get away from all this so called "Green energy" as it is a con. Windfarms and Solar panels will contribute next to nothing, especially as the demand for electricity goes up (just imagine 20 million electric cars on our roads) and the demand for Diesel/Petrol goes down. We really need to look to the French, and follow their model of Nuclear Powered, Modern power stations producing Clean, Green, and cheap energy for the foreseeable future. Forget Chernobyl, we don't build them like that anymore, and the fact that The Germans will have to buy Nuclear Generated Electricity to make up for the shortfall caused by their own Green power policy, just about says it all really, and MORE importantly due to their Green policy Germans at the moment pay THREE times more per KWH for their Electricity than Americans, and bills are expected to rise another 10% this year. Don't let us fall for this great con as well. Grunden Skip
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