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TCI laments Hampshire refusal

Developer criticises local rejection of 14MW Woodmancott wind farm

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Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has rejected TCI Renewables’ 12MW Woodmancott Down wind farm in Hampshire.

The planning application was thrown out by councillors in line with a case officer’s recommendation, which cited landscape, radar, ecological, heritage and aviation impacts.

The six-turbine scheme would alter “nationally important landscapes” and “fail to preserve” the setting of a church and conservation area, the report claimed.

It added that doubts remain over impacts on protected species and habitats, and operational impacts at Lasham Airfield and an observatory.

A spokesperson for TCI said: “Hampshire has no wind farms and the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council last night sent the message that despite all their policy statements to the contrary they simply do not want them.”

The developer said it is reviewing the wording of the decision notice before deciding on how to proceed.

Image: TCI's Dunmore wind farm (TCI)

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