Traffic worry on Castle Combe Circuit solar farm

This Is Wiltshire: Solar panels at Castle Combe Circuit could power 4,000 homes a year Solar panels at Castle Combe Circuit could power 4,000 homes a year

Families living close to Castle Combe Circuit are worried plans to build a solar farm at the track will mean months of road chaos.

Plans have been submitted by Solafields and Vogt Solar to develop land in the centre of the track for a solar farm big enough to power around 4,000 homes a year.

The firms behind the plan say that a construction traffic management plan will be put in place to ensure any disruption during the 16 weeks it takes to build the farm is kept to a minimum – but there are worries that the B4039 will be congested.

A public exhibition was held at the circuit in May so the public could view the plan.

Mark Candlish of Solafields said: “In terms of visual impact, this site is particularly well suited to a solar farm, given the land in the middle of the race circuit is well screened thanks to the bund surrounding the track and the protective fencing.

“We completely agree with those people who felt biodiversity must be improved on the solar farm site. Solar farms can dramatically increase the number and variety of species using a site.

“The meadow we plant will help this and we will be installing log piles for insects and boxes for birds.”

He said the traffic management plan would help to overcome worries about traffic.

But it is likely to be one of the topics worrying parish councillors in Castle Combe and Yatton Keynell when they meet to discuss the plan later this month.

Castle Combe Parish Council clerk David Ryall said he and councillors could not comment on the application until after the meeting but he said traffic disruption during big events at the race track had been a major problem in the past.

A community benefit fund will be set up, offering at least £50,000 over the first five years of the solar farm to support local renewable energy, energy efficiency or other projects.

A spokesman for Vogt Solar and Solafields said roadworks would be needed to lay cable to the substation in Chippenham, most likely through Yatton Keynell. Work would take two to three months.

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5:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Paul Tucker says...

I don't believe the traffic for this development will be anything like as disruptive as that for race events.
This is just a bunch of local councillors justifying their existence and giving voice to a bunch of nimbys.
I don't believe the traffic for this development will be anything like as disruptive as that for race events. This is just a bunch of local councillors justifying their existence and giving voice to a bunch of nimbys. Paul Tucker
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2:57am Sun 10 Aug 14

chippenhamgedd says...

Yep more nimbys moaning about nothing.
Yep more nimbys moaning about nothing. chippenhamgedd
  • Score: 6

7:31am Mon 11 Aug 14

politepanda says...

Oh good grief.
For a number of months there may be disruption to the flow of the local traffic - in addition to that of race days.
You WILL survive.
Oh good grief. For a number of months there may be disruption to the flow of the local traffic - in addition to that of race days. You WILL survive. politepanda
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4:40pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Fred and Wilma says...

Bearing in mind it is the countryside where horse riders/ cyclists / walkers request it is bad enough that the majority of cars currently fail to adhere to the speed limit on the B4069 and no doubt this will be worse if they are held up with congestion all the non nimbys cutting through will no doubt have to make their time up somewhere.

the countryside is the countryside about time this is remembered.
Bearing in mind it is the countryside where horse riders/ cyclists / walkers request it is bad enough that the majority of cars currently fail to adhere to the speed limit on the B4069 and no doubt this will be worse if they are held up with congestion all the non nimbys cutting through will no doubt have to make their time up somewhere. the countryside is the countryside about time this is remembered. Fred and Wilma
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9:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

wiltshireborne says...

Fred and Wilma wrote:
Bearing in mind it is the countryside where horse riders/ cyclists / walkers request it is bad enough that the majority of cars currently fail to adhere to the speed limit on the B4069 and no doubt this will be worse if they are held up with congestion all the non nimbys cutting through will no doubt have to make their time up somewhere.

the countryside is the countryside about time this is remembered.
Eh, it's the middle of a race track. Seriously, have you so little else to moan about?
And what on earth have solar panels got to do with speeding on the B4069!? If speeding is an issue then speak to your local councillor/police about it.
I don't think solar panels are likely to have a positive or negative effect on the prevailing traffic speed in the area.
[quote][p][bold]Fred and Wilma[/bold] wrote: Bearing in mind it is the countryside where horse riders/ cyclists / walkers request it is bad enough that the majority of cars currently fail to adhere to the speed limit on the B4069 and no doubt this will be worse if they are held up with congestion all the non nimbys cutting through will no doubt have to make their time up somewhere. the countryside is the countryside about time this is remembered.[/p][/quote]Eh, it's the middle of a race track. Seriously, have you so little else to moan about? And what on earth have solar panels got to do with speeding on the B4069!? If speeding is an issue then speak to your local councillor/police about it. I don't think solar panels are likely to have a positive or negative effect on the prevailing traffic speed in the area. wiltshireborne
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1:52pm Wed 13 Aug 14

HughBriss says...

It's all part of the long-running campaign to get the racing circuit closed because the local nimbys see it as a way of increasing their house values.
Actually, maybe they should close the circuit and build a travellers' site there.
It's all part of the long-running campaign to get the racing circuit closed because the local nimbys see it as a way of increasing their house values. Actually, maybe they should close the circuit and build a travellers' site there. HughBriss
  • Score: 5

3:22pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Fred and Wilma says...

HughBriss wrote:
It's all part of the long-running campaign to get the racing circuit closed because the local nimbys see it as a way of increasing their house values.
Actually, maybe they should close the circuit and build a travellers' site there.
Now that is an idea they may stick to the speed limits unlike the majority of race goers
[quote][p][bold]HughBriss[/bold] wrote: It's all part of the long-running campaign to get the racing circuit closed because the local nimbys see it as a way of increasing their house values. Actually, maybe they should close the circuit and build a travellers' site there.[/p][/quote]Now that is an idea they may stick to the speed limits unlike the majority of race goers Fred and Wilma
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