MP secures solar farm debate

Halstead Gazette: Brooks Newmark Brooks Newmark

SOLAR farm plans in the Braintree district were discussed in Parliament on Wednesday night.

Brooks Newmark, MP for Braintree and Halstead secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons about the planning rules governing solar farms.

The MP called for the debate after energy companies submitted plans for several solar farms, which would see land covered in panels, in north Essex, including five within his constituency.

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3:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Paddytric says...

Don't want, don't need.
Don't want, don't need. Paddytric
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3:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Paddytric says...

Solar farm, wind farm, conjures up a pleasant feeling of a farm yard.
Solar farm, wind farm tax more like, someone will be in the money with all this.
And good old joe blogs will have to cough up as usual.
Solar farm, wind farm, conjures up a pleasant feeling of a farm yard. Solar farm, wind farm tax more like, someone will be in the money with all this. And good old joe blogs will have to cough up as usual. Paddytric
  • Score: -5

8:32am Sat 1 Feb 14

pierre-pierre says...

sneaked one in near me, just one field away from Notley Country Park and its over three Public footpaths and several small ponds, they just gave a Chelmsford post code, but its in Uttlesfield planning
sneaked one in near me, just one field away from Notley Country Park and its over three Public footpaths and several small ponds, they just gave a Chelmsford post code, but its in Uttlesfield planning pierre-pierre
  • Score: -2

10:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

keith_l says...

Why is it that this country is against any form of power generation? We use an increasing amount of electricity, due to more gadgets in homes, and more homes and people. Everyone agrees that burning fossil fuels is bad, so we need an ever increasing amount of "green" power generation to both cope with the growth and also repalce the ageing inefficient and direty coal fired power stations.

Yet there is a continuous backlash against solar, wind and nuclear power. Solar is probably the least obtrusive of all of these, and Essex is so flat that you would have to be virtually on top of a solar farm to even know that it is there. I can understand why some pople are against nuclear power stations (despite their good safety record in this country) and to a lesser extent why people don't like wind farms, but not solar.

However, there's a lot of empty space between the turbines on any wind farm (land based) that could be used for solar panels as well - that way it generates in good weather and bad, and the cumulative imapct on the area is better than two separate locations.
Why is it that this country is against any form of power generation? We use an increasing amount of electricity, due to more gadgets in homes, and more homes and people. Everyone agrees that burning fossil fuels is bad, so we need an ever increasing amount of "green" power generation to both cope with the growth and also repalce the ageing inefficient and direty coal fired power stations. Yet there is a continuous backlash against solar, wind and nuclear power. Solar is probably the least obtrusive of all of these, and Essex is so flat that you would have to be virtually on top of a solar farm to even know that it is there. I can understand why some pople are against nuclear power stations (despite their good safety record in this country) and to a lesser extent why people don't like wind farms, but not solar. However, there's a lot of empty space between the turbines on any wind farm (land based) that could be used for solar panels as well - that way it generates in good weather and bad, and the cumulative imapct on the area is better than two separate locations. keith_l
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