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Press Release: 6th May 2009

Renewable Energy in the South Downs National Park:
A Statement from CPRE Hampshire

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has very grave concerns about the proposal for wind turbines at Wether Down, East Meon, in a prominent position within reach of the South Downs Way.

The national CPRE and CPRE Hampshire branch have written to the applicant, Volkswind GmbH, and to Volkswind UK to express their concerns and request that their proposal be withdrawn.

John Venning, chairman of CPRE Hampshire, explained:

"There are no windfarms in national parks in the UK because of the adverse impacts they would have on the exceptional landscape qualities and superior recreational experience they provide to the whole nation. We believe that a windfarm would have very severe adverse impacts to the iconic landscape of the South Downs National Park and the South Downs Way national trail and we would vigorously oppose any wind turbines at East Meon. The benefit in terms of C02 savings would be minimal and could never justify the landscape damage."

Mr Venning continued:

"CPRE and CPRE Hampshire believe that the use of wind and other renewable energies should not come at the expense of the beauty, character and tranquillity that are found in special places like East Meon. We do not see any case for wind turbine development on the top of the South Downs. National parks must play their own part in providing renewable energy, but by using ways that are more appropriate to the local landscape, such as woodland biomass schemes, anaerobic digesters or geothermal plants."

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Notes to editors

CPRE Hampshire strives to promote the beauty, tranquility and diversity of the countryside of Hampshire by the sustainable use of land and other resources in town and country, and encouraging the biodiversity and well-being of rural communities.

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