At the end of last year there was speculation as to where Aquind would site their proposed converter station near Lovedean Power Station with the two options being the blub box in the image below (which is closer to our residents and inside EHDC’s boundary) or the green box (a little further away and in Winchester District Council)
Aquind have decided to run with the site in Winchester. This is closer to the South Downs national Park (who will certainly add weight to any comments on the environmental side) and being further away from the properties in Lovedean some small comfort but with a proposed building 22m to 26m high (subject to design) it is still going to be life changing for the local community there if it is allowed.
At this point no planning application is in but with the project classified as a ‘project of National Significance’ it is considered by the Secretary of State, not the local planning authority.
Aquind are progressing with their consultations locally and I am unaware of any on the local area but would like to make sure that everyone is aware of the one Aquind are holding in Denmead where the Parish Council have invited Aquind to their planning committee meeting on Wednesday 6th March at 7:30pm. The meeting will be at The Ashton Pavillion.
If I hear of one locally I will blog it here and have offered to Aquind to make a hall available locally to facilitate this.