Huge solar farm plan for Billericay green belt

A solar farm like this could be part of the Billericay landscape

A solar farm like this could be part of the Billericay landscape

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A HUGE solar panel farm that would power 3,600 local homes could be part of the Billericay landscape for the next 26 years if plans are approved.

MS Power Projects, which is behind the plan for the farm the size of around 33 football pitches on fields at Outwood Farm, off Outwood Farm Road, has submitted a planning application to Basildon Council.

The firm said “special circumstances”

should allow it to build on the green belt site because of the environmental benefits of the renewable energy scheme which could save 106,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime.

Plans detail how the 60-acre site, which would be covered with hundreds of 2.5 metre-high panels in rows of 20, would save 4,000 tonnes a year of carbon dioxide emissions.

There would be 14 greencoloured three-metre high enclosures where electricity would be passed to the National Grid.

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A two-metre fence would surround the boundary of the site with 2.5-metre CCTV cameras at 35 metre intervals to acts as security for the unmanned site.

Plans have met with a lukewarm response from councillors.

Andrew Baggott, Tory ward councillor for Burstead, said: “I do not think there should be any development of the green belt unless it is absolutely essential.

“There has been a furore about houses going on the green belt. I weigh that against the families that end up being forced away because there are no properties which shows there is a need for building in a constrained way with necessary infrastructure.

“But my view is solar panels are a luxury we could do without.”

He added that if the majority of residents in the area wanted it, he would review his position.

MS Power did a public consultation before submitting the plans and said people, particularly homeowners inCoxes Farm Road, Billericay, were concerned about the visual impact of the solar farmand feared it could be visible from their homes.

In a planning statement it said: “The main areas of interest were related to landscape, visual and ecological matters, with much focus on habitat creation, hedgerow planting and views from residential properties.”

However, it said most people supported the principle and were satisfied with the “low-lying nature of the development”.

Developing the site would take ten weeks with up to ten delivery lorries per day during construction.

The firm added there would be little visual impact as the site was in a valley with several trees and hedgerows.

The statement added: “At the end of the 26-year operational period the structure, including all ancillary equipment and cabling, would be carefully dismantled and removed from the site.

“The development will make a noteworthy contribution to Basildon’s renewable energy targets and provides a low carbon technology.”

! Last November, plans for a solar farm in Laindon were approved. It will be the size of 12 football pitches and on a site off Lower Dunton Road, generating enough power to supply 2,300 homes.

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9:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

eurodoomed says...

What benefit is this to the residents of Billericay other tham meaning that the site cannot be used for housing?
If this means that there will be no development on the remainder of the green belt around Billericay, it may be acceptable. Otherwise, it is sheer greed and will cause major damage to the environment for very little gain to residents.
What benefit is this to the residents of Billericay other tham meaning that the site cannot be used for housing? If this means that there will be no development on the remainder of the green belt around Billericay, it may be acceptable. Otherwise, it is sheer greed and will cause major damage to the environment for very little gain to residents. eurodoomed
  • Score: 4

10:12am Fri 15 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

eurodoomed wrote:
What benefit is this to the residents of Billericay other tham meaning that the site cannot be used for housing?
If this means that there will be no development on the remainder of the green belt around Billericay, it may be acceptable. Otherwise, it is sheer greed and will cause major damage to the environment for very little gain to residents.
Well said - this ridiculous proposal should be immediately thrown in the bin where it so obviously belongs. As if there is not enough environmental damage going on without people suggesting all this ugly solar garbage. Keep the green belt green - quite simple really.
[quote][p][bold]eurodoomed[/bold] wrote: What benefit is this to the residents of Billericay other tham meaning that the site cannot be used for housing? If this means that there will be no development on the remainder of the green belt around Billericay, it may be acceptable. Otherwise, it is sheer greed and will cause major damage to the environment for very little gain to residents.[/p][/quote]Well said - this ridiculous proposal should be immediately thrown in the bin where it so obviously belongs. As if there is not enough environmental damage going on without people suggesting all this ugly solar garbage. Keep the green belt green - quite simple really. Sensible Man
  • Score: 8

1:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

Get it built. We have limited resources and the views of a selfish few residents should be ignored.
Get it built. We have limited resources and the views of a selfish few residents should be ignored. shoess3
  • Score: -6

1:48pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

shoess3 wrote:
Get it built. We have limited resources and the views of a selfish few residents should be ignored.
Well - that is rather a silly post. In fact a really STUPID post. We would not have "limited resources" if our useless, useless , useless Tory / aka Socialist Government took some sensible steps to limit this overcrowded islands population. For a start - stop ALL further immigration. No-one else required thank you. WE ARE FULL UP!!!! Put FAR more effort into removing the teeming masses who are here illegally. And - cancel all benefits for any more than two kids. Why should those who make a lifestyle choice of endless breeding be allowed to sit on their backsides and sponge whilst the hardworking backbone of this country toil every day to support their lazy lifestyle?
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: Get it built. We have limited resources and the views of a selfish few residents should be ignored.[/p][/quote]Well - that is rather a silly post. In fact a really STUPID post. We would not have "limited resources" if our useless, useless , useless Tory / aka Socialist Government took some sensible steps to limit this overcrowded islands population. For a start - stop ALL further immigration. No-one else required thank you. WE ARE FULL UP!!!! Put FAR more effort into removing the teeming masses who are here illegally. And - cancel all benefits for any more than two kids. Why should those who make a lifestyle choice of endless breeding be allowed to sit on their backsides and sponge whilst the hardworking backbone of this country toil every day to support their lazy lifestyle? Sensible Man
  • Score: 5

3:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

What about the one down Lower Dunton Road?
What about the one down Lower Dunton Road? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

or make it more financially attractive for home owners to have them installed on the roofs of thier houses?
or make it more financially attractive for home owners to have them installed on the roofs of thier houses? cropped hero
  • Score: -2

5:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

cropped hero wrote:
or make it more financially attractive for home owners to have them installed on the roofs of thier houses?
All new build buildings should have them in my opinion . Need to start legislating for the future .
[quote][p][bold]cropped hero[/bold] wrote: or make it more financially attractive for home owners to have them installed on the roofs of thier houses?[/p][/quote]All new build buildings should have them in my opinion . Need to start legislating for the future . Howard Cháse
  • Score: -1

5:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

davedobbin says...

As usual, an over-optimistic number of properties that the solar panels would supply - WHEN the sun is shining brightly, WHEN the panels are not switched off for maintenance, WHEN they are operating under the optimum circumstances, etc.
The usual phrase used by applicants for solar power or wind farms is '*capable of* providing power to x,000 homes'. Unfortunately, for many reasons they can never actually reach this optimum level. Why aren't they just honest and say 'we're only after the subsidies'. Unfortunately it is consumers like the rest of us that have to pay the subsidies in the form of higher energy bills. If it was such a good way of generating electricity, the large companies would be doing it themselves without claiming subsidies
As usual, an over-optimistic number of properties that the solar panels would supply - WHEN the sun is shining brightly, WHEN the panels are not switched off for maintenance, WHEN they are operating under the optimum circumstances, etc. The usual phrase used by applicants for solar power or wind farms is '*capable of* providing power to x,000 homes'. Unfortunately, for many reasons they can never actually reach this optimum level. Why aren't they just honest and say 'we're only after the subsidies'. Unfortunately it is consumers like the rest of us that have to pay the subsidies in the form of higher energy bills. If it was such a good way of generating electricity, the large companies would be doing it themselves without claiming subsidies davedobbin
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

davedobbin says...

And just how much of the power is going to be used up on CCTV cameras (and associated equipment) every 35 metres - ignoring the carbon produced in manufacturing all the equipment, transporting it to site, installing it, travel to site by installation and maintenance staff and all the other aspects that are conveniently ignored by climate change protagonists.
And just how much of the power is going to be used up on CCTV cameras (and associated equipment) every 35 metres - ignoring the carbon produced in manufacturing all the equipment, transporting it to site, installing it, travel to site by installation and maintenance staff and all the other aspects that are conveniently ignored by climate change protagonists. davedobbin
  • Score: 6

7:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..
Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source.. sesibollox
  • Score: -2

8:36pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

sesibollox wrote:
Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..
Moron alert Moron alert!!!

This man / woman does seem obsessed with posting brainless filth. What a brainless piece of filth!!!!
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..[/p][/quote]Moron alert Moron alert!!! This man / woman does seem obsessed with posting brainless filth. What a brainless piece of filth!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: -1

9:48pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

sesibollox wrote:
Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..
.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..[/p][/quote]. sesibollox
  • Score: -1

10:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

Sensible Man wrote:
shoess3 wrote:
Get it built. We have limited resources and the views of a selfish few residents should be ignored.
Well - that is rather a silly post. In fact a really STUPID post. We would not have "limited resources" if our useless, useless , useless Tory / aka Socialist Government took some sensible steps to limit this overcrowded islands population. For a start - stop ALL further immigration. No-one else required thank you. WE ARE FULL UP!!!! Put FAR more effort into removing the teeming masses who are here illegally. And - cancel all benefits for any more than two kids. Why should those who make a lifestyle choice of endless breeding be allowed to sit on their backsides and sponge whilst the hardworking backbone of this country toil every day to support their lazy lifestyle?
I take it you have little or no awareness of the fact that one day (in the not-too-distant future) we will run out of natural resources? In what way does a field of solar panels affect anyone? Maybe you're of an age where you or children won't need to care about when we do actually run out? If you can't abstract yourself away from peering over a Billericay fence moaning about something being done for the greater good I'd say that makes your post the STUPIDIST of all!
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: Get it built. We have limited resources and the views of a selfish few residents should be ignored.[/p][/quote]Well - that is rather a silly post. In fact a really STUPID post. We would not have "limited resources" if our useless, useless , useless Tory / aka Socialist Government took some sensible steps to limit this overcrowded islands population. For a start - stop ALL further immigration. No-one else required thank you. WE ARE FULL UP!!!! Put FAR more effort into removing the teeming masses who are here illegally. And - cancel all benefits for any more than two kids. Why should those who make a lifestyle choice of endless breeding be allowed to sit on their backsides and sponge whilst the hardworking backbone of this country toil every day to support their lazy lifestyle?[/p][/quote]I take it you have little or no awareness of the fact that one day (in the not-too-distant future) we will run out of natural resources? In what way does a field of solar panels affect anyone? Maybe you're of an age where you or children won't need to care about when we do actually run out? If you can't abstract yourself away from peering over a Billericay fence moaning about something being done for the greater good I'd say that makes your post the STUPIDIST of all! shoess3
  • Score: -6

4:10pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Nebs says...

sesibollox wrote:
Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..
Not all of them. Some should have wind turbines that can generate when the sun isn't shining.
A huge tidal generator in the estuary wouldn't go amiss either.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..[/p][/quote]Not all of them. Some should have wind turbines that can generate when the sun isn't shining. A huge tidal generator in the estuary wouldn't go amiss either. Nebs
  • Score: 1

5:16pm Sat 16 Aug 14

davedobbin says...

The huge array in the Estuary wasn't working a couple of Decembers ago because there was no wind, right in the middle of the coldest Decembers for some time and when the additional electricity would have been needed. But never mind, there are 4 gas-powered stations on standby to take over, specially built to support this array.
Hang on though. If they have had to build gas-powered stations to produce the same amount of reliable electricity, then why did they go to the trouble of having the wind turbines in the first place. Built by a Danish company and transported by road and sea (using fossil fuel and in the case of shipping a high-sulphur 'dirty' fuel) and erected at high cost, it's only the subsidies that makes them worth the companies' effort.
Oh, the generating companies are virtually all based in foreign countries where no doubt the income from the subsidies you and I pay in our 'green levies' is used to keep the bills for German, French, etc, consumers lower.
The huge array in the Estuary wasn't working a couple of Decembers ago because there was no wind, right in the middle of the coldest Decembers for some time and when the additional electricity would have been needed. But never mind, there are 4 gas-powered stations on standby to take over, specially built to support this array. Hang on though. If they have had to build gas-powered stations to produce the same amount of reliable electricity, then why did they go to the trouble of having the wind turbines in the first place. Built by a Danish company and transported by road and sea (using fossil fuel and in the case of shipping a high-sulphur 'dirty' fuel) and erected at high cost, it's only the subsidies that makes them worth the companies' effort. Oh, the generating companies are virtually all based in foreign countries where no doubt the income from the subsidies you and I pay in our 'green levies' is used to keep the bills for German, French, etc, consumers lower. davedobbin
  • Score: 1

9:53am Sun 17 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Sensible Man wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..
Moron alert Moron alert!!!

This man / woman does seem obsessed with posting brainless filth. What a brainless piece of filth!!!!
You T1T
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..[/p][/quote]Moron alert Moron alert!!! This man / woman does seem obsessed with posting brainless filth. What a brainless piece of filth!!!![/p][/quote]You T1T sesibollox
  • Score: 0

11:22am Sun 17 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

sesibollox wrote:
Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..
Nice brownfield site with hidden nasties for future developments such as industrial machines buried in the ground and oil and other soil contaminants still empty and undeveloped since the demolition of the VisteonFord Radiator Plant in Basildon ripe for this sort of thing.......
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Every spare field should be used, for this "green " energy source..[/p][/quote]Nice brownfield site with hidden nasties for future developments such as industrial machines buried in the ground and oil and other soil contaminants still empty and undeveloped since the demolition of the VisteonFord Radiator Plant in Basildon ripe for this sort of thing....... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

11:27am Sun 17 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Plenty of roofsoace perfectly aligned for this sort of thing on the roof of the Green Centre in Wat Tyler Park available for this sort of thing.

Lots of whe warehouses and industrial units across the borough could also have these mounted on top of them for the generation of electricity.

There is huge potential for the 'harvesting' of solar power befire taking over ever diminishing green belt/agricultural land.
Plenty of roofsoace perfectly aligned for this sort of thing on the roof of the Green Centre in Wat Tyler Park available for this sort of thing. Lots of whe warehouses and industrial units across the borough could also have these mounted on top of them for the generation of electricity. There is huge potential for the 'harvesting' of solar power befire taking over ever diminishing green belt/agricultural land. Howard Cháse
  • Score: -1

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