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Planning and Development
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Dear Ms Fitzherbert-Green
OBJECTION TO PLANNING APPLICATION Ref: 20/03403/FUL
Installation of Solar Farm.
I wish to register my objection to this planning application in the strongest possible terms.
I agree with the detailed concerns raised by Solar Farm Residents Group. In particular I draw your
attention to the following;
1 The loss of good quality agricultural land which is contrary to national policy . None of
this farmland is grade 4 (poor quality) or grade 5 (very poor quality).
2 Filling such an enormous area with solar panels and high security fencing. The solar farm
will dominate the area and change the character of this open countryside.
3 Close the gap between Bramley and Silchester Villages. It is important our villages remain
separate and retain their own identities. The solar farm will effectively join them up.
4 Destroy the Silchester Trail and Brenda Parker Way. The Silchester Trail and Brenda
Parker Way are well loved and used throughout the year. The high security 6.5ft mesh fencing,
CCTV, 11ft high transformers, battery containers that look like shipping containers are
eyesores and will blight the public pathways.
5 Impact on the setting of the Pound Conservation Area. The conservation area is very small
and will be dominated by a sea of solar panels to the south, particularly during the winter
where the tree and hedge coverings offer little cover.
6 Impact on setting of our listed buildings. There are numerous cherished listed buildings
within close proximity to the Solar Farm, many of which were originally part of the Stratfield
Saye estate and date back not only to the original Duke of Wellington (1815), but also way
back to William Pitt (1559-1636).
7 Impact on the setting of nearby housing. There are lots of family homes that would
overlook hundreds of solar panels. Solar farms should not extend up so close to people’s
8 Increased risk of flooding. There is a long history of flooding around these fields. Any
increase in the risk of flooding is unacceptable.
9 Damage to our Cultural Heritage. The solar panels will cover part of a rich archaeological
heritage which will be lost for further investigation.
10 Risk of accidents along Minchens lane. The road is very narrow and some parts are unable
to take two way traffic. 16.5m articulated lorries will damage the local roads and increase the
risk of accidents. Minchens Lane is not only a very busy road it crossed by children and frail
elderly adults on a regular basis to access the Doctors Surgery.
11 Insufficient public benefits/mitigation to over the harm caused. None of the applicant’s
mitigation proposals have any substance and they do not outweigh the serious harm that will
be caused to so many local residents.
12 Loss land for deer, red kites and other wildlife . No mention is made of the fact these vast
open fields are used by herds of deer. Nor is there any mention of the use of these fields by
Red Kites which are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
13 Risk of the farm land not being reinstated. The reinstatement of the land will be a costly
exercise and an enormous risk should the company go bust. It is imperative a bond is secured
to ensure the land is reinstated.
For all the above reasons this enormous ill-conceived development is wholly unacceptable and I urge
the Council to refuse planning permission.