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Threat to North Wessex Downs AONB and locally valued landscapes

Distant view of blimp at 415 ft turbine height Bullington Cross Distant view of blimp at 415 ft turbine height Bullington Cross Photo: © Keep Hampshire Green

Threat to North Wessex Downs AONB and locally valued landscapes: wind farm at Bullington Cross as reported in CPRE's 'Going, going, gone? England's disappearing landscapes - case studies' (2013).

We have worked hard to support local feeling against two major wind farm proposals planned for a landscape of national importance and which would have a severe adverse impact on local landscape character and visual amenity.

Details: Planning application by EDF to install 14 wind turbines, each over 400 feet high, at Bullington Cross near Andover. This covers such a wide area that it falls into three separate planning districts, Winchester, Test Valley and Basingstoke. And a part comes within North Wessex Downs AONB, who have objected strongly as have many others including CPRE Hampshire. 

Among the submissions are significant objections from the Ministry of Defence (relating to radar interference and helicopter exercises), Popham Airfield (serious safety issues), the South Downs National Park and the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (concerns about impact on landscape).

Another application has been submitted on a site adjacent to Bullington Cross, at Woodmancott. Winchester City Council has objected to the proposal due to landscape impact and aviation risk, notably from nearby Popham airfield. Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council refused planning permission in June 2014. 

Latest: The three Authorities whose land the Bullington Cross proposals straddle - Winchester, Basingstoke and Test Valley - met jointly on 16 June 2014 and refused permission. Read CPRE's presentation to the meeting below. EDF is appealing against the decision and we are monitoring the situation.

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