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13/1202/MFUL | Proposed solar farm, comprising the erection of solar arrays, equipment housing, fencing and ancillary equipment. | Land To West & North West Pithayes Farm Whimple
  • Total Consulted: 227
  • Comments Received: 137
  • Objections: 136
  • Supporting: 0

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Mr Jonathan Prideaux (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 08 Apr 2014

I feel that the proposed solar farm will be an eye-sore for the local community.

Whimple is a vibrant but traditional village surrounded by agricultural land which should be retained for this purpose.

I have no objection to solar farms in principle, nor, I believe do most people if they were sited in already blighted areas such as fields alongside motorways eg. the A30.

Mr Stephen Daniel (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 01 Aug 2013

see letter under associated documents

Comment submitted date: Sun 28 Jul 2013

Malham House
Awliscombe
HONITON
Devon
EX14 3QA
28th July 2013


The Chief Planning Officer ┐ West Team
Planning Department
East Devon District Council
Knowle
SIDMOUTH
Devon
EX10 8HL


Re: Planning Application 13/1202/MFUL (Proposed Solar Farm at Pithayes Farm, Whimple)

I was born and raised at New Crockernhayes Whimple, of which I am a Trustee and have a shared interest. I visit my father at this address five days a week and strongly object to the proposed development as this is in direct conflict to how I feel long established agricultural land should be managed now and in the future.

The principle reasons for my objecting to this development fall into two main categories, the direct effect on my father┐s Health and Safety and the Environmental aspects of the countryside within the Whimple village boundary.

The Flood Risk Assessment submitted with the plans do not appear to recognise that many parts of Cobden Lane already have severe flooding problems, which is attributed to rain water run-off from the proposed site and adjacent fields. Although it is mentioned that swales, bunds and scrapes will be installed to slow down any further run-off, there is no provision for draining or piping away surface water to alleviate these floods.

Our private utility water pipe transverses under the northernmost proposed site field from the village to New Crockernhayes, which is not mentioned in the planning details. I am very concerned that this pipe would be damaged during the construction stage (i.e. by driving in solar panel piles) and would be completely inaccessible after site completion should any maintenance be required to this pipe.

I note with interest the reply to Whimple Parish Council from Kronos Solar Projects stating that you would require approximately 2,000 houses to achieve the same output as the proposed planning application at Pithayes Farm. As we have the potential of 6,000 new build houses at Cranbrook would it not be more beneficial to install Solar PV panels on the roofs of these properties rather than utilising prime agricultural land.
On a personal note I see from the plans that the site will be screened from New Crockernhayes by trees. Will this screening be in place before construction takes place, or will we have to wait 25years for the trees to mature enough to be effective, that is assuming that the planting scheme will take place at all.
Lawrence Associates have stated in the Landscaping Schedule that mixed trees and shrubs are to be planted to enhance existing hedgerows, screening to a height of three metres. Given the nature of the undulating proposed site and surrounding area how can Kronos claim that this site will not be visible?
If this application is granted East Devon will be losing a further 73 acres of high grade agricultural land having already been deprived of 405 acres which has been set aside for the new town of Cranbrook. The local rural community will suffer further loss of employment which is generated by farming land and livestock this would have a direct effect on local businesses for the next 25 years.
Having visited the nearby Strete Farm Solar Park on 6th July 2013 to assess the visible impact on the countryside it would appear that no maintenance has taken place, as validated by the attached photos, which clearly demonstrates this park is over grown with weeds of which would be unsuitable grazing for normal farm livestock. On viewing other sites this would seem to be normal practice. This is not the way I would like a typical East Devon village like Whimple to be portrayed to future residents and visitors.
Other concerns I have include the consequences of a fire breaking out in one of the inverter stations
(i.e. toxic fumes close to a village centre/fire fighters unable to gain access or unable to work on/near live equipment)

I strongly believe Whimple should remain a typical Devon village despite the imminent encroachment of Cranbrook. The green belt area between Cranbrooks eastern boundary and Whimple I feel should be kept for agricultural purposes with the emphasis on producing locally sourced food products. A solar farm in this vicinity would look completely alien to this landscape.

Furthermore should this planning application be granted we would be depriving our native wildlife of even further habitat loss in the East Devon area. In my youth we were privileged to have great crested newts on the proposed site and at New Crockernhayes. We still regularly see deer and foxes in the vicinity and wonder for how much longer with ever encroaching developments stifling their habitat.

Is this the legacy we wish to leave for the next generation?



Yours faithfully,


Mr S.H Daniel


Photographs of Strete Solar Farm E-mailed to East Devon Planning Department for inclusion.







Miss Julie Bowden (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Sun 28 Jul 2013

Malham House
Awliscombe
HONITON
Devon
EX14 3QA
28th July 2013


The Chief Planning Officer ┐ West Team
Planning Department
East Devon District Council
Knowle
SIDMOUTH
Devon
EX10 8HL



Re: Planning Application 13/1202/MFUL (Proposed Solar Farm at Pithayes Farm, Whimple)

I would like to strongly object to the above proposed planning application at Pithayes Farm, Whimple Devon.
We have numerous areas of outstanding natural beauty in Devon including Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. Although some of the countryside in between these areas is un-categorised, this land is also very important in portraying the county of Devon, which is renowned by visitors and tourist from far and wide as a unique place of natural beauty, as designated by the green hue on our county flag, which represents the green and lush rolling hills of Devon. This proposal is yet another loss of 73 acres of Devon┐s green countryside.
We are often reminded of our good fortune to live in Devon when we visit other beautiful areas of the United Kingdom. Their perception of our county is one of an unspoiled landscape which I feel we are responsible to protect and treasure for future generations.
Devon┐s farming community is crucial to maintaining this landscape in its present form. As more and more development takes place the balance appears to be tilting away from what I feel our county should represent. As our heritage of farming declines, the amount of young people coming into farming also declines, and as nearly all young farmers come from a farming background we are in danger of losing our future trustees of our countryside. Devon is a very productive agricultural land and is of great importance to our countries food production. I feel we can ill afford to lose yet more agricultural land to an inefficient production of electricity.

As a regular visitor to Whimple I am devastated that this application is on land which is a Designated Green Belt protection area. This area at present is a very peaceful and tranquil location and is a haven for a diversity of wildlife. This will be destroyed if this application is granted and the new town of Cranbrook develops as proposed. We will be depriving yet more wildlife of what is its rightful place within the Devon countryside.
I am also very concerned with the proximity of this proposed site being so close to such a charming village as Whimple and the possible affects it will have on its residents.
I would appreciate your consideration for my objections to this application when you make this very important decision on behalf of the people of East Devon.


Yours faithfully,

Miss J.Bowden

LT & BA Lambert (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 23 Jul 2013

See letter under associated documents

Mrs SJ Kingdon (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 23 Jul 2013

See letter under associated documents

Mrs J Chidley (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Mon 22 Jul 2013

see letter under associated documents

Comment submitted date: Fri 28 Jun 2013

See scanned letter dated 27/06/13 under associated documents

Mr A Kingdon (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Fri 19 Jul 2013

See letter under associated documents

Comment submitted date: Mon 08 Jul 2013

I am writing to object to the proposed solar farm:-

1) Approx.60,000 solar panels being built on 70 acres of good agricultural land eroding into the green wedge between Cranbrook and Whimple.

2) Size and amount of land has a footprint of 4 times the size of Whimple village

3) Within 150meters of the village and bordering 2no properties, far too close to homes.

4)FLOODING Cobdon Lane to Whimple village floods in 5 separate places. 4 of these flood areas border the proposed north field. In heavy rain the water pours out of this field and runs down the road pass New Crockernhayes like a river and floods at the corner by the railway line. This road is often impassable for 2 to 3 days at a time by car. The erection of solar panels on this field which is considerably higher than the road will only add to the frequency and severity of the flooding. Highways, after a site visit earlier this year, have advised my father in law who lives at New Crockernhayes that they are unable to do anything about the flooding.

5) Radiation of this size could cause serious health problems, as so close to homes.

6) The effect it will have on wild life which are regularly seen in these fields.

7) Loss of good agricultural land to industrial use (but no jobs for the locals) for 25 years

8) Tourism:- who is going to come to East Devon, it will no longer be a desirable place to visit. I understand that within 5KM. 1 solar site has already been constructed, 2no under construction and 2no pending. Far to many in and close to Whimple.


Mr & Mrs RJ Fletcher (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 17 Jul 2013

See letter under associated documents

DC & RA Grandin (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 17 Jul 2013

See letter under associated documents

P Hull (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 17 Jul 2013

See letter under associated documents

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