Wroughton solar farm gets green light

This Is Wiltshire: The proposed solar farm site on the edge of Wroughton The proposed solar farm site on the edge of Wroughton

THE UK’S biggest solar farm is set to be built on the edge of Wroughton after being given the green light by planners last night.

Swindon Council’s planning team approved the proposals at a meeting last night. The application, for 160,000 panels to be built on 170 acres, will now be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit, and Secretary of State Eric Pickles will have 21 days to review it.

If that all goes well then work for the scheme, which would lies within West Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, could begin early next year.

The development is a joint project between Swindon Commercial Services Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, and the Science Museum Group, which owns the site and uses it to store 30,000 objects from the reserve national collections.

Matt Moore, Head of Wroughton Site, Science Museum Group, said: “Solar farms should be sited appropriately and sensitively – this is a great location, it’s semi-industrial land, close to a major town. It will provide a secure and reliable income to help the Science Museum continue our work conserving the national collections and improving conditions on site.”

Residents will also have the opportunity to invest directly in the solar farm, with a planned minimum investment of just £50, giving them an ownership stake in the project.

James Owen, Commercial Director at Swindon Commercial Services Ltd, said: “This project has had outstanding support from the local community throughout, so we are extremely pleased that Swindon Council has authorised its approval. Residents of Wroughton will benefit from a community fund of £40,000 a year, and it will help put Swindon on the map as a greener place to live and work.”

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9:43am Wed 11 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

Adver wrote:
Residents will also have the opportunity to invest directly in the solar farm, with a planned minimum investment of just £50

Residents will also have no choice but to pay for it for the next 20 years too.
[quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: Residents will also have the opportunity to invest directly in the solar farm, with a planned minimum investment of just £50[/quote] Residents will also have no choice but to pay for it for the next 20 years too. Hmmmf

10:04am Wed 11 Dec 13

dc the 2nd says...

good decision, about time
good decision, about time dc the 2nd

10:35am Wed 11 Dec 13

SockPuppet says...

Thumbs up
Thumbs up SockPuppet

11:08am Wed 11 Dec 13

swindondad says...

Happy that this has gone through, renewable’s are PART of the answer.
Happy that this has gone through, renewable’s are PART of the answer. swindondad

11:30am Wed 11 Dec 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Good decision and a good use of the place. Shame SBC/SCS are involved though, as their track record on successful projects/management is questionable.
Good decision and a good use of the place. Shame SBC/SCS are involved though, as their track record on successful projects/management is questionable. LordAshOfTheBrake

12:01pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Army of Lovers says...

Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”.
At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.
Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”. At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are. Army of Lovers

1:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

swindondad wrote:
Happy that this has gone through, renewable’s are PART of the answer.
So what is the rest of the answer then?
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: Happy that this has gone through, renewable’s are PART of the answer.[/p][/quote]So what is the rest of the answer then? house on the hill

1:17pm Wed 11 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Army of Lovers wrote:
Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”.
At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.
I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it.

Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late!
[quote][p][bold]Army of Lovers[/bold] wrote: Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”. At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.[/p][/quote]I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it. Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late! house on the hill

1:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

toyota777 says...

Anyone who was born and grew up in the swindon or Wroughton areas should be apalled at the decision to disfigure such an area, what possible benefit the hapless residents consider will justify this venture is beyond me, I just hope Eric Pickles has more sense and appreciation of our countryside than the people who currently live there.
Anyone who was born and grew up in the swindon or Wroughton areas should be apalled at the decision to disfigure such an area, what possible benefit the hapless residents consider will justify this venture is beyond me, I just hope Eric Pickles has more sense and appreciation of our countryside than the people who currently live there. toyota777

1:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
Army of Lovers wrote:
Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”.
At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.
I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it.

Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late!
I've seen this comment a couple of times in the last few days. It would be remiss of me not to point out that some decades ago when I was growing up we were told on the news that there was 40-50 years supply of oil left. Here we are some decades later and there's now 60 years supply and previously unviable oil fields are now becoming viable. It will get too expensive long before it runs out. And by that point a viable alternative will be developed, most likely by those that are currently making large profits on oil..

Subsidised (by us) solar power operating at less than 20% efficiency is not a long term way forward.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Army of Lovers[/bold] wrote: Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”. At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.[/p][/quote]I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it. Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late![/p][/quote]I've seen this comment a couple of times in the last few days. It would be remiss of me not to point out that some decades ago when I was growing up we were told on the news that there was 40-50 years supply of oil left. Here we are some decades later and there's now 60 years supply and previously unviable oil fields are now becoming viable. It will get too expensive long before it runs out. And by that point a viable alternative will be developed, most likely by those that are currently making large profits on oil.. Subsidised (by us) solar power operating at less than 20% efficiency is not a long term way forward. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

1:47pm Wed 11 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Army of Lovers wrote:
Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”.
At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.
I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it.

Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late!
I've seen this comment a couple of times in the last few days. It would be remiss of me not to point out that some decades ago when I was growing up we were told on the news that there was 40-50 years supply of oil left. Here we are some decades later and there's now 60 years supply and previously unviable oil fields are now becoming viable. It will get too expensive long before it runs out. And by that point a viable alternative will be developed, most likely by those that are currently making large profits on oil..

Subsidised (by us) solar power operating at less than 20% efficiency is not a long term way forward.
So what is this magic alternative then that is being developed? What would you suggest will be powering planes and ships?
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Army of Lovers[/bold] wrote: Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”. At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.[/p][/quote]I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it. Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late![/p][/quote]I've seen this comment a couple of times in the last few days. It would be remiss of me not to point out that some decades ago when I was growing up we were told on the news that there was 40-50 years supply of oil left. Here we are some decades later and there's now 60 years supply and previously unviable oil fields are now becoming viable. It will get too expensive long before it runs out. And by that point a viable alternative will be developed, most likely by those that are currently making large profits on oil.. Subsidised (by us) solar power operating at less than 20% efficiency is not a long term way forward.[/p][/quote]So what is this magic alternative then that is being developed? What would you suggest will be powering planes and ships? house on the hill

1:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Army of Lovers wrote:
Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”.
At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.
I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it.

Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late!
I've seen this comment a couple of times in the last few days. It would be remiss of me not to point out that some decades ago when I was growing up we were told on the news that there was 40-50 years supply of oil left. Here we are some decades later and there's now 60 years supply and previously unviable oil fields are now becoming viable. It will get too expensive long before it runs out. And by that point a viable alternative will be developed, most likely by those that are currently making large profits on oil..

Subsidised (by us) solar power operating at less than 20% efficiency is not a long term way forward.
So what is this magic alternative then that is being developed? What would you suggest will be powering planes and ships?
I have no idea. It (possibly) hasn't been invented yet.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Army of Lovers[/bold] wrote: Why do people think that these sorts of costly schemes are helping is beyond me… Britain continues to waste even more money trying to meet stupid EU targets which matter not one bit when all over the world, other developing countries continue to build cheaper solutions which pump out more rubbish in to the atmosphere than we’d ever save if we were 100% “Green”. At least we’ll die happy knowing that we struggled to get by each week while the only real people to benefit by this nonsense are the land owners, energy company bosses and politicians who force feed us the information about how “beneficial” they are.[/p][/quote]I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it. Yes agree this is a drop in the ocean in what is needed and what is going on elsewhere but it is a step I guess. in 60 years or so when the oil runs out and the Middle East has decended into chaos when the money stops flowing in it will be too late![/p][/quote]I've seen this comment a couple of times in the last few days. It would be remiss of me not to point out that some decades ago when I was growing up we were told on the news that there was 40-50 years supply of oil left. Here we are some decades later and there's now 60 years supply and previously unviable oil fields are now becoming viable. It will get too expensive long before it runs out. And by that point a viable alternative will be developed, most likely by those that are currently making large profits on oil.. Subsidised (by us) solar power operating at less than 20% efficiency is not a long term way forward.[/p][/quote]So what is this magic alternative then that is being developed? What would you suggest will be powering planes and ships?[/p][/quote]I have no idea. It (possibly) hasn't been invented yet. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

2:06pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

house on the hill wrote:
I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it.

Oh please. Remember that solar only works when it's light enough and our own coal-, oil- and gas-fired power stations have to keep running to provide a steady supply.
Remember also that around the world, thousands of subterranean coal seam fires are burning right now. Some of them in the USA have been burning for decades. Millions of tons of coal are alight producing upwards of 3% of the world's annual CO2 emissions and there is absolutely nothing to be done about it. Remember also that Germany is building new coal-fired power stations in a desperate hurry thanks to their short-sighted knee-jerk shutting down of their nuclear plants, and to bolster unreliable 'renewables' performance from their much-vaunted 'green' policies; policies which are costing consumers and businesses a fortune and will do for the next 20-25 years.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: I think China are building 1 coal fired power station per week. Remember the smog for the olympics and how they were only allowed to drive on certain days to combat it.[/quote] Oh please. Remember that solar only works when it's light enough and our own coal-, oil- and gas-fired power stations have to keep running to provide a steady supply. Remember also that around the world, thousands of subterranean coal seam fires are burning right now. Some of them in the USA have been burning for decades. Millions of tons of coal are alight producing upwards of 3% of the world's annual CO2 emissions and there is absolutely nothing to be done about it. Remember also that Germany is building new coal-fired power stations in a desperate hurry thanks to their short-sighted knee-jerk shutting down of their nuclear plants, and to bolster unreliable 'renewables' performance from their much-vaunted 'green' policies; policies which are costing consumers and businesses a fortune and will do for the next 20-25 years. Hmmmf

2:09pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

house on the hill wrote:
What would you suggest will be powering planes and ships?

Not two hundred acres of Chinese PV tubes that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: What would you suggest will be powering planes and ships?[/quote] Not two hundred acres of Chinese PV tubes that's for sure. Hmmmf

2:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

toyota777 says...

So how many Chinese coal-fired and German Atomic Power stations will be forced to close when this ugly over-estimated glacial eyesore starts up.
So how many Chinese coal-fired and German Atomic Power stations will be forced to close when this ugly over-estimated glacial eyesore starts up. toyota777

4:15pm Wed 11 Dec 13

swinres says...

This green bandwagon every body seems to have jumped aboard is just to be seen to do the right thing whether it is effective or not.

Lots of things can be done to reduce green house gases that are never discussed. Abandoned coal mines and landfill sites emit vast quantities of methane along with farm animals, a gas that is something like 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Patio heaters and coolers not to mention production and use of charcoal just to have a snack in the garden should be banned. Digging up peat for peoples pot plants is another emitter that is not essential . And look at all the city skyscrapers lit up like Christmas trees in the USA, China and Arab countries
This green bandwagon every body seems to have jumped aboard is just to be seen to do the right thing whether it is effective or not. Lots of things can be done to reduce green house gases that are never discussed. Abandoned coal mines and landfill sites emit vast quantities of methane along with farm animals, a gas that is something like 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Patio heaters and coolers not to mention production and use of charcoal just to have a snack in the garden should be banned. Digging up peat for peoples pot plants is another emitter that is not essential . And look at all the city skyscrapers lit up like Christmas trees in the USA, China and Arab countries swinres

5:28pm Wed 11 Dec 13

kosmos says...

the average output will be only 5% of the rated output, if your lucky. Electricity only accounts for 1/6th of domestic energy use anyway and then there's the car and holidays jetting away. This whole scheme is nothing but a costly white elephant. Why can't politicians do the maths and see reality? Green ideology is all very well but it will be the cause of people dying in their homes and of massive power cuts if we continue along this 'cloud cuckoo' land road. And this real world is fast approaching.
the average output will be only 5% of the rated output, if your lucky. Electricity only accounts for 1/6th of domestic energy use anyway and then there's the car and holidays jetting away. This whole scheme is nothing but a costly white elephant. Why can't politicians do the maths and see reality? Green ideology is all very well but it will be the cause of people dying in their homes and of massive power cuts if we continue along this 'cloud cuckoo' land road. And this real world is fast approaching. kosmos

7:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Build the solar farm, by all means, as it's slightly less of waste of money than most government spending these days and at least the deluded hand-wringers will feel all warm and fuzzy for a while (until somebody points out that setting up and running the farm is less eco-friendly than not doing it).

In the meantime, let's hope the government presses ahead with some more nuclear power stations so that we might actually have some affordable electricity to use in the not to distant future.
Build the solar farm, by all means, as it's slightly less of waste of money than most government spending these days and at least the deluded hand-wringers will feel all warm and fuzzy for a while (until somebody points out that setting up and running the farm is less eco-friendly than not doing it). In the meantime, let's hope the government presses ahead with some more nuclear power stations so that we might actually have some affordable electricity to use in the not to distant future. Ringer

5:48am Thu 12 Dec 13

GalaxyMan says...

But how much energy will it produce?
But how much energy will it produce? GalaxyMan

9:46am Thu 12 Dec 13

toyota777 says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Adver wrote:
Residents will also have the opportunity to invest directly in the solar farm, with a planned minimum investment of just £50

Residents will also have no choice but to pay for it for the next 20 years too.
Wave a few pound notes in the air and everyone falls for it ,Thirty pieces of silver all over again
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: Residents will also have the opportunity to invest directly in the solar farm, with a planned minimum investment of just £50[/quote] Residents will also have no choice but to pay for it for the next 20 years too.[/p][/quote]Wave a few pound notes in the air and everyone falls for it ,Thirty pieces of silver all over again toyota777

11:08am Thu 12 Dec 13

Ringer says...

GalaxyMan wrote:
But how much energy will it produce?
Very little.
[quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: But how much energy will it produce?[/p][/quote]Very little. Ringer

11:10am Thu 12 Dec 13

scottwichall says...

Ringer wrote:
GalaxyMan wrote:
But how much energy will it produce?
Very little.
And that very small amount will be sold at obscene prices back to us.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: But how much energy will it produce?[/p][/quote]Very little.[/p][/quote]And that very small amount will be sold at obscene prices back to us. scottwichall

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