Opus Reserve Power LTD of Cornwall have applied for planning permission to position a 20MW “Flexible Electricity Generation Unit” on the land to the south of the Land East Of Horndean development. Much has been read in the press about closing power stations, little capacity in the power generating system and I guess this is part of the solution to building up resilience against power shortages as some of the older plants are shut down in coming years until new ones are built and operational.
I do not think this will have a major impact on us at all. Indeed if it makes our power supply more robust then we must welcome initiatives like this, but it seems that the earlier proposals for a solar panel farm have been scrapped.
If you have any comments for the case officer then they can be given by the 25th November 2015. To view the files, or to comment please click on this link here: Hazleton Power Plant
I take on board the points made by Guy in this recent blog but I do have some concerns about the application. I am not an expert and so my concerns arise out of reading the Consultee comments.
Environmental Health say that the acoustic report does not take into account the new development at Land east of Horndean. It is vital that with 700 dwellings being built here, the precise effect is known.
The Arboricultural Officer has pointed out that the proposed track for the power units affects a number of the mature oak trees protected by the TPO in place for this and the adjoining area.
For my own part, I think that the site is very open and visible from all sides and in particular from the new development. Screening would be very important.
In the meantime the text below if from the planning application files (produced by The Magnificent Science Company Limited) and below is a site plan for the plant.
“This application is for the development, on approximately 0.6 hectares of heath and grazing land at Blendworth Common, Horndean, Near Portsmouth, Hampshire, of a 20Mw Flexible Electricity Generation unit for Short Term Operational Reserve capacity (STOR).
Such developments form part of the UK’s essential energy generation strategy for the management of the shortfall in energy generation capacity predicted within the next 2 years. This situation is likely to persist for the foreseeable future, at least until new large scale generating capacity and complementary renewable sources can be developed and brought on stream.
STOR type developments are small scale local generation facilities based on conventional fossil fuel (diesel) which can be brought on stream within 2 minutes as and when called upon by the National Grid to meet short term local peak demand period deficits in generation capacity.
They are supported by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and National Grid as a necessary part of the response to the imminent energy capacity crisis facing the UK and the inflexibility of large scale generation facilities and renewable energy sources to respond to short term variations in energy demand.
The proposed site has been chosen as the applicants believe it uniquely (meets the location criteria required to ensure its sustainable operation. This includes its close proximity to an existing electricity substation with the required capacity.
The equipment involved is sited within an area with negligible visibility and has been designed to best practice in terms of scale and environmental performance. The facility as a whole is discretely sited with minimal environmental impact, both in terms of visual, traffic and amenity considerations.
The site would not ordinarily be working in the night, as this is outside times of peak demand, and would only be operational for around 150 out of 8756 hours per year. This is just 1.7% of a year.”