Support our community!
Support our community!
We are a group of local residents who are passionate about supporting the community and believe the green space between the towns of Chippenham and Calne, particularly the land known as Forest Gate - the ancient hunting grounds of King Alfred (860 AD), the location of a medieval abbey (1100 AD to 1500 AD), a designated wildlife area bordering the Wilts & Berks canal and ancient woodland dating back to the Saxons, should be protected and not redeveloped for profit.
Many residents were shocked to find that developers Eden Renewables have been offered the use of 200 acres of land owned by Lord Lansdowne, Bowood Estate, and Greta Meadows, Stanley Abbey Farm have submitted a planning application which is now in planning consultation to build what is, in essence, a large solar power station. This is planned to cover an area of 151 footfall pitches opposite the Lysley Arms Pub, the historic village of Pewsham and the area known as Lower Derry Hill.
If approved this proposal will fundamentally change the identity of Pewsham, Forest Gate, Stanley Hill, the historic Village of Old Derry Hill and will drive away the diverse wildlife that has so far enjoyed this area long before the villages and hamlets were established.
The group is not against solar or renewable energy, but the development is on a scale and in a location that we must question whether it follows the spirit of the Wiltshire Core Planning Strategy and Neighbourhood Plans designed to protect our heritage and community. We will strongly object to the planning authority and challenge whether this is the right location for such a project. Developing an area due to it's profitability CAN conflict with Looking after our planet, and being green.
For additional information please follow the top menu for accessing pages on the proposal, useful links, news articles, how to sign our petition and photos of the area earmarked for change.
Absolutely ! As the local residents continue this fight we would welcome any support from members of the public with similar views . Please sign the petition, contact us for additional information, or become members by joining our discussion on the "saynotoforestgate/old Derry Hill power plant"
facebook page. As the campaign gathers momentum please check back for updates.
Map showing the coalescence of the proposed east chippenham development areas and how the location of the solar plant will contribute to the urbanisation of countryside and will merge employment zones, housing estates with near villages and hamlets.
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