Solar farm plans switched to 'go'

Bicester Advertiser: James Macnamara James Macnamara

PLANS to build a huge solar farm on a field in North Oxfordshire have been approved.

RS Assemblies Ltd plans to put about 80,262 panels in a single large field at Manor Farm, between Ambrosden and Merton, near Bicester.

The panels will generate electricity for the National Grid.

Currently the land is used for grazing and to grow cereals.

Panels will be mounted on a metal framework and face south at an angle of 30 degrees.

Electricity cables cross the site, and the developers propose to replace them with with underground lines.

No jobs will be created and the site will be monitored by CCTV.

The plan came under fire from one councillor who likened the proposal to an “electricity factory” in the open countryside.

James Macnamara told the meeting last week: “Our policy is against sporadic development in the countryside.

“It’s all very well calling it a farm, but 13 buildings, 80,000 panels, an electricity sub- station and security fencing is no more a farm than this building (the council’s office) is. It’s totally inappropriate development. This is an industrial installation and should be on a site designated for industry. Because it’s Green, we are being asked to approve a electricity factory in the open countryside.

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“This is a power station and there’s no other power station that would be allowed in this field.”

Planning officer Bob Dux-bury said it “unwise” to describe the proposal as industrial development.

He said the solar farm would not have any adverse impact on the area, and the type of development was supported “heavily” by the Government.

Cllr David Hughes said: “We all need electricity and we have got to find alternative ways to provide it.

“If we are going to have this, it needs to be where it will not have an effect on local properties.”

Cllr Russell Hurle supported the plan and said the development was discrete and hidden from public view.

Ambrosden Parish Council supported the application provided an “appropriate traffic management” system was in place during the construction period.

No one from RS Assemblies was available to provide more details about the solar farm or when work would start on the development.

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2:57pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

So let's get this straight - an industrial site making electricity is no different to a farm growing crops? We need to use less electricity, not consume more, and the Planning Authority needs sacking!
So let's get this straight - an industrial site making electricity is no different to a farm growing crops? We need to use less electricity, not consume more, and the Planning Authority needs sacking! Myron Blatz

4:01pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Oflife says...

Awesome news! A clean green energy machine!

@lifemachine
Awesome news! A clean green energy machine! @lifemachine Oflife

4:43pm Sat 9 Feb 13

MrsRW64 says...

About time! We cannot keep using energy as we do, this is a clean, Eco friendly way to produce power!
About time! We cannot keep using energy as we do, this is a clean, Eco friendly way to produce power! MrsRW64

1:39am Sun 10 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

MrsRW64 wrote:
About time! We cannot keep using energy as we do, this is a clean, Eco friendly way to produce power!
No it's not, it is Greenie pie in the sky lunacy, that will on average get about 6 hours a day sunlight. For real Green and cheap power we need to build more Nuclear plants. And if as you say we need to stop using energy as we do, MRS, you could start by not wasting energy, by not using your computer for follies like your comment. Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]MrsRW64[/bold] wrote: About time! We cannot keep using energy as we do, this is a clean, Eco friendly way to produce power![/p][/quote]No it's not, it is Greenie pie in the sky lunacy, that will on average get about 6 hours a day sunlight. For real Green and cheap power we need to build more Nuclear plants. And if as you say we need to stop using energy as we do, MRS, you could start by not wasting energy, by not using your computer for follies like your comment. Just a thought. Grunden Skip

1:55am Sun 10 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

Why not simply grow crops in the fields - and save on imports?
Why not simply grow crops in the fields - and save on imports? Myron Blatz

9:33am Sun 10 Feb 13

steve1955 says...

Why not build the eco village there?
Why not build the eco village there? steve1955

10:02am Sun 10 Feb 13

Cathena says...

Better than wind farms.
Better than wind farms. Cathena

6:38pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

Cathena wrote:
Better than wind farms.
Yep, a bit like saturated fat, and sugar, one is better than the other, but none of them do you any good.
[quote][p][bold]Cathena[/bold] wrote: Better than wind farms.[/p][/quote]Yep, a bit like saturated fat, and sugar, one is better than the other, but none of them do you any good. Grunden Skip

6:39pm Sun 10 Feb 13

tomwb1 says...

I love green electricity. I have Solar Panels I really do. Last year we had about 6 weeks of sunshine. They are great when the sun shines. For 6 weeks last year my solar panels have been great..
I love green electricity. I have Solar Panels I really do. Last year we had about 6 weeks of sunshine. They are great when the sun shines. For 6 weeks last year my solar panels have been great.. tomwb1

6:55pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Simon33 says...

Excellent news. A real pity the field near Barton could not be another solar farm. Wonder whether the CPRE were sleeping in this case?
Excellent news. A real pity the field near Barton could not be another solar farm. Wonder whether the CPRE were sleeping in this case? Simon33

2:41pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

Simon33 wrote:
Excellent news. A real pity the field near Barton could not be another solar farm. Wonder whether the CPRE were sleeping in this case?
Maybe we could bulldoze Jericho and turn it into a Solar Farm, it would have more personality than what is there now.
[quote][p][bold]Simon33[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. A real pity the field near Barton could not be another solar farm. Wonder whether the CPRE were sleeping in this case?[/p][/quote]Maybe we could bulldoze Jericho and turn it into a Solar Farm, it would have more personality than what is there now. Grunden Skip

3:17pm Mon 11 Feb 13

steve1955 says...

They should put solar panel to power the eco town no other power to be used other thh that generated would be truly green then>
If we are going to have renewable energy as our main source of supply there must be thousands of these and winfarms across the country each and eveon will be opposed by someone or some group ,decisions need to be made and a clear policy set out,WHEN
They should put solar panel to power the eco town no other power to be used other thh that generated would be truly green then> If we are going to have renewable energy as our main source of supply there must be thousands of these and winfarms across the country each and eveon will be opposed by someone or some group ,decisions need to be made and a clear policy set out,WHEN steve1955

4:27pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Severian says...

steve1955 wrote:
They should put solar panel to power the eco town no other power to be used other thh that generated would be truly green then>
If we are going to have renewable energy as our main source of supply there must be thousands of these and winfarms across the country each and eveon will be opposed by someone or some group ,decisions need to be made and a clear policy set out,WHEN
Steve
The Eco town WILL have solar power. Plus a gas fired heating plant, plus mains connected street lights, plus petrol/diesel cars.
It will be SLIGHTLY green.
[quote][p][bold]steve1955[/bold] wrote: They should put solar panel to power the eco town no other power to be used other thh that generated would be truly green then> If we are going to have renewable energy as our main source of supply there must be thousands of these and winfarms across the country each and eveon will be opposed by someone or some group ,decisions need to be made and a clear policy set out,WHEN[/p][/quote]Steve The Eco town WILL have solar power. Plus a gas fired heating plant, plus mains connected street lights, plus petrol/diesel cars. It will be SLIGHTLY green. Severian

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