Power plan generates objections
PLANS to build an electricity station on farmland in Crondall has residents up in arms.
Prime Energy Development has applied to Hart District Council for permission to build an emergency facility on land at Barley Pound Farm in Wimble Hill, which would boost the local electricity supply network during times of peak demand.
The company described the facility as a compound on hardstanding, containing 14 generators plus other equipment including diesel storage tanks and a control room. It will be fenced off and monitored by CCTV cameras.
It would typically operate for two to four hours per day on winter evenings, and up to 500 hours per year in total.
The applicant assured the council that the plant, in the corner of a field next to Dippenhall Road, was already screened by trees on two sides and a new hedgerow would be planted to hide it entirely from view.
One Crondall resident said: “No part of this proposal has shown that this development is necessary. It would result in unnecessary development outside any settlement boundary and represents an unwarranted intrusion into the countryside.”
He argued the facility would ‘ adversely affect the views from the village to the horizon for a large number of residents’.
“The roads to and from the village are a death trap at the best of time but will be made only more lethal by the huge fuel tankers that would use the rural single- track roads,” he added.
A fellow villager said: “The proposed site is totally unsuitable. Electrical plants should be built on brownfield or industrial sites, not on farmland. I’m surprised the council is even considering this proposal. The information on noise pollution is very unclear. If there is to be any low- level noise, that would have a huge negative impact on wildlife and humans alike. Any increase in toxic chemicals is wholly undesirable too.”
Another objector said: “Diesel is highly polluting. It seems a completely backward step in deploying a ‘ dirty’ technology and seems to fly in the face of the region’s commitment to nonpolluting technologies.”
Other letters of objection insisted the proposed facility would be a ‘ blot on an otherwise idyllic landscape’ and, given its location on a hill, noise would be ‘ amplified and carried for miles, affecting houses in the general area and Crondall’.
A spokesman for Prime Energy said: “As we have said, this small unit won’t run often ( in winter months) as it’s a ‘ back- up’ emergency generator in the same way as hospitals, government buildings and organisations like the BBC have their own backup generators on- site.
“The location of the unit has been carefully examined and we have assessed a range of environmental and technical issues which are detailed in our planning application to Hart District Council.
“We have seen the comments made by some local people and in our view our application has addressed each of their points.”
To see the plans, go to www. hart. gov. uk and search for 16/ 02005/ FUL. AN Aldershot charity is leaping towards providing more social activities for disadvantaged young people following its family fun day.
Hundreds of visitors, including Jasmine ( pictured above) made their way to Princes Gardens to explore the many activities and stalls put on by charity Step by Step, with £ 1,952.60 raised – £ 800 of which was donated by Basepoint Camberley.
Lisa Chrichard, a support worker in the Supported Lodgings Service, was the main organiser. She said: “No matter how much we raised, it doesn’t actually matter because you all put 100% into the have helped in ways.
“The aim was to bring the community together, raise awareness of Step by Step, involve the young people and make some money.
“We definitely achieved that, as well as having fun.” day and so many