Residents oppose proposal for new power station in Bishop's Waltham
PLANS for a new power station near a village have been objected by hundreds of residents.
People living in Bishop's Waltham are opposed to the application for the gas-powered generation facility, onÂ Locks Farm, Botley Road.
Four hundred comments have been made against the proposalÂ submitted to Winchester City Council by applicantÂ Paul Gazzard.
The plans are for 10 generators, five transformers, a substation andÂ cabins on the land 1km south of the village.
The main concerns forÂ residents is the station's location, the noise and emissions it couldÂ emit and the environmentÂ damage it could cause.
They were also angryÂ they were no consulted before an application was drawn up.
John Rosling, speaking on behalf of the community, said: '˜Our view collectively is that we aren't against the need of a power station, just where it is being planned.
'˜We have a lot of solar energy in Bishop's Waltham and we aren't people who complain about things like this. But this is close to the village, close to people's home and historic monuments.
'˜There will be a high level of noise, noxious emissions and it will have an ecological impact.'
The application said theÂ gas-powered generation facilityÂ will respond to calls from National Grid when energy demand outstrips supplyÂ to avoid blackouts.
A statement from Enzygo, the agent behind the application said: '˜Planning applications like this are submittedÂ withÂ little public interest, and aÂ similar scheme was submitted less than 1km from the siteÂ last year.
'˜ThatÂ receivedÂ one objectionÂ and no comment from the parish council.
'˜The level of interest generatedÂ to this application is unprecedented. We are working closely with the local authority to ensureÂ residents have access to accurate information, and understandÂ the development.'
Bishop's Waltham Parish Council held a meeting on the power station and around 120 residents attended.
Mr Rosling added: '˜400 people have opposedÂ along withÂ Hampshire County Council andÂ Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
'˜IfÂ this goes toÂ the planning committee, I would hope these objections won't be ignored.'