Stand up for Mapperton’s Solar Farm

We believe in renewable energy and the likelihood that in due time it will become our main energy supply source.

However to ensure that we get on and do the job now we have to grow the sources of production. People are slow to engage with the future and put obstacles in the way of proofer and its our view that the majority now need to stand up and have their say.

Good Energy, the 100% renewable electricity supplier, encourages you to have your say on its proposed solar farm in East Dorset.

As you may know, Good Energy is a 100% renewable electricity supplier dedicated to helping the UK achieve a future that’s powered purely by renewables.

In addition to our first solar farm near Wool in Dorset, we’re committed to developing further renewable electricity generation capacity to help build energy security for the UK and tackle climate change. This is where our proposed solar development at Mapperton Farm, near Sturminster Marshall, comes in.

If it gets the go-ahead, this project will generate enough renewable electricity to supply around 6,000 average homes*, making a significant contribution to Dorset’s renewable energy targets.

This site itself is in a sparsely populated area that is naturally screened from view by the surrounding landscape. It is outside any conservation areas but it will also benefit from various measures designed to increase the wildlife value of the site.

The local area will receive a range of community benefits including a locally-controlled fund of £35,000 per year to support local initiatives. You can read more about the community benefits package here.

Our proposals are due to be considered by the planning committee at East Dorset District Council within the next few weeks. Local voices like yours could make all the difference to the future of this important project, so we urge you to register your support for our planning application.

You can submit your comments by registering on the Council’s planning website here or by e-mailing JBrightman@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk quoting the application number 3/13/0681/FUL. Alternatively you can write to the planning officer as follows:

FAO James Brightman
Planning Applications (East Dorset)
Council Offices
Furzehill
Wimborne
BH21 4HN

We would urge you to make sure that your comments are submitted by Friday 12th June to ensure that they can be taken into account in the planning officers report.

Further information about the project is available on Good Energy’s website: http://www.goodenergy.co.uk/dorsetsolar/mapperton-farm. If you have any questions or comments about the project, please get in touch viamappertonsolar@goodenergy.co.uk.

Thanks so much for your support!

With best wishes from the whole Good Energy team and of course ESVIPS.

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Lets add to our Local Plan

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/france-decrees-new-rooftops-must-be-covered-in-plants-or-solar-panels

Can you imagine how much good would come from such a simple policy. More energy for the local communities, forage and food for insects and all wildlife.

Add you support and find out more about what IPS stands for.

 

Ideas for our Local Stur Plan

Our rural area is not suited to urban development so we should discourage, or hopefully prevent it, through our neighbourhood and local plan process; as well as opposing planning applications that come forward for town or village extensions by volume house builders that are not for specific local need. So what do we need? I’ve seen numerous failed plans for eco-houses in the countryside. Failed because they were not agriculturally linked and increased the need to travel because they were not in a town. So here’s my interpretation of an idea first floated by Vince.

Local farms should be growing more of what people are eating locally so they can buy it locally. That means less land for cash crops and much greater variety grown in smaller fields, more field margin for pollinators and wildlife and around 20% of land given over to energy crops (as was the case when we relied on horsepower.) We should encourage the conversion of a large farm to smaller units with several carbon positive houses (ie they generate more energy than they use) for farmers of discreet sub divided portions of the original farm, clustered around the original farmhouse, which is retained as a communal resource owned by the families to provide a farm shop, café, meeting rooms and place for celebrations. The price of the land would not have been suddenly inflated due to a designation as building land so hopefully affordable for young families wanting to farm. This, I believe, is what our sustainable Green future looks like.

By Keith Wheaton Green

Would your local School or Community Hall like its own Energy Project

Calling all communities within the Stur Valley and the Dorset area. We are keen to talk to anyone interested in creating their own renewable energy projects using local investment and supporting local people.

There are wonderful opportunities to support ourselves and the Planet we live on.

Recently the people of Balcombe joined together to fight fracking in their Sussex village and now they have turned that energy into an incredible Community Energy project, take a look at what they have done so far.

http://www.repowerbalcombe.com

Now consider what you can do locally.

The concept : Community Energy

Empowering local communities to produce their own energy is commonplace in countries such as Germany, Sweden and Denmark. In the UK the idea has been slow to start but we now see a number of successful projects going from strength to strength.

The opportunity for local people to both invest and use locally created energy is a win win situation for everyone and an idea that will receive substantial support during the coming years.

The concept is not only good for the people involved, good for the planet with reductions in carbon emissions but also brings communities together in very positive ways.

As an example the village of Balcombe in Sussex became famous for its stand against Fracking last year. That outrage has now been turned into their own community energy scheme and already they have successfully created their first local solar farm project.