Witham: Solar farm "will not spoil countryside"

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Residents who are opposed to the plans Residents who are opposed to the plans

A huge solar farm in the countryside will have minimum visual impact and help keep energy prices down, insists the firm behind it.

Lightsource Renewable Energy wants to install 62,000 solar panels on fields south of Little Braxted Hall in Witham Road, Little Braxted.

But Witham Town Council and a number of residents in Little Braxted and Wickham Bishops fear the farm - which will cover 34.47 hectares - will ruin the landscape, including the view from Whetmead Nature Reserve in Witham.

Conor McGuigan, from Lightsource, said: “We hope the residents within the Little Braxted parish can see we are taking their concerns into account and revising our designs to ensure minimal visual impact.”

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4:15pm Tue 7 May 13

Jack222 says...

So let me get this straight; Witham objectors use electricity but want it somewhere else.

This solar farm would employ locals to build it. It would employ some locals on it. It would feed into the local economy through the people it employs.

But a view might be impeded. So? Things change. A job is more important. Renewable energy is more important. And frankly the view of solar cells is hardly a bad view? or would Witham prefer a nuclear power plant for the next million years on their field?

Have the solar cells and tell the company to plant big hedge around the fields!
So let me get this straight; Witham objectors use electricity but want it somewhere else. This solar farm would employ locals to build it. It would employ some locals on it. It would feed into the local economy through the people it employs. But a view might be impeded. So? Things change. A job is more important. Renewable energy is more important. And frankly the view of solar cells is hardly a bad view? or would Witham prefer a nuclear power plant for the next million years on their field? Have the solar cells and tell the company to plant big hedge around the fields! Jack222
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10:47pm Tue 7 May 13

Keep Essex Green says...

No to solar panels, the county is already being spoilt by house builders inviting the overspill from London.
Lets keep Essex green for now and for the future of our children!!!
Essex will become full of houses / wind farms / solar panels and no green areas, then house prices will stagnate, then people will want to move away, find they can't because property prices have increased elsewhere and everyone will be unhappy.
Essex has a bad reputation from the TV and papers, let's try and keep our county green and great.
No to solar panels, the county is already being spoilt by house builders inviting the overspill from London. Lets keep Essex green for now and for the future of our children!!! Essex will become full of houses / wind farms / solar panels and no green areas, then house prices will stagnate, then people will want to move away, find they can't because property prices have increased elsewhere and everyone will be unhappy. Essex has a bad reputation from the TV and papers, let's try and keep our county green and great. Keep Essex Green
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9:20am Thu 9 May 13

Bhudeeka says...

Keep Essex Green - I totally agree with you I canot understand how many people are so eager to ruin areas of beauty and no jJack222 jobs and houses are not more important than beauty of our region the lie about jobs for locals is just that a lie its never for local people
Keep Essex Green - I totally agree with you I canot understand how many people are so eager to ruin areas of beauty and no jJack222 jobs and houses are not more important than beauty of our region the lie about jobs for locals is just that a lie its never for local people Bhudeeka
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4:52pm Thu 9 May 13

keith_l says...

We are talking about a construction approximately six feet high in fields that will have an established hedge around them. It will only be seen from above, or from a few higher vantage points, from where you can already see the industrial estates.

Whetmeads Nature Reserve is a covered over rubbish tip, with poor quality grass and overgrown shrubs - it's hardly an area of outstanding natural beauty!

We need to be self sufficient in renewable energy and this is the least visually intrusive way of doing it. How about a dozen turbines on Whetmeads as an alternative?
We are talking about a construction approximately six feet high in fields that will have an established hedge around them. It will only be seen from above, or from a few higher vantage points, from where you can already see the industrial estates. Whetmeads Nature Reserve is a covered over rubbish tip, with poor quality grass and overgrown shrubs - it's hardly an area of outstanding natural beauty! We need to be self sufficient in renewable energy and this is the least visually intrusive way of doing it. How about a dozen turbines on Whetmeads as an alternative? keith_l
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11:56pm Thu 9 May 13

Keep Essex Green says...

keith_l wrote:
We are talking about a construction approximately six feet high in fields that will have an established hedge around them. It will only be seen from above, or from a few higher vantage points, from where you can already see the industrial estates.

Whetmeads Nature Reserve is a covered over rubbish tip, with poor quality grass and overgrown shrubs - it's hardly an area of outstanding natural beauty!

We need to be self sufficient in renewable energy and this is the least visually intrusive way of doing it. How about a dozen turbines on Whetmeads as an alternative?
I fully understand what your saying Keith-I, but the problem is once building work starts it then gives the green light for more building to happen, then more permission, then more. Builders are itching to build on our green open land, they will also tell you a lie on how it will benefit the area and how it will bring employment, basically they will tell you what you want to hear.
Builders announce they want to build 1000 homes, then when the protests start they cut back to 500, the protesters think they have won, when in fact the builders actually wanted to build 500 properties in the 1st place!
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: We are talking about a construction approximately six feet high in fields that will have an established hedge around them. It will only be seen from above, or from a few higher vantage points, from where you can already see the industrial estates. Whetmeads Nature Reserve is a covered over rubbish tip, with poor quality grass and overgrown shrubs - it's hardly an area of outstanding natural beauty! We need to be self sufficient in renewable energy and this is the least visually intrusive way of doing it. How about a dozen turbines on Whetmeads as an alternative?[/p][/quote]I fully understand what your saying Keith-I, but the problem is once building work starts it then gives the green light for more building to happen, then more permission, then more. Builders are itching to build on our green open land, they will also tell you a lie on how it will benefit the area and how it will bring employment, basically they will tell you what you want to hear. Builders announce they want to build 1000 homes, then when the protests start they cut back to 500, the protesters think they have won, when in fact the builders actually wanted to build 500 properties in the 1st place! Keep Essex Green
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