Solar farm plan for Billericay fields

Solar farm plan for Billericay fields

Solar farm plan for Billericay fields

First published in Echo News

A SOLAR farm the size of 37 football pitches could be built in Billericay.

Developer MS Power has been in talks with Basildon Council about the creation of what would be south Essex’s second solar farm, on land off Outwood Farm Road and Coxes Farm Road.

The 8ft-high panels would be split between two pieces of land near the country road and would generate enough to supply 2,500 local homes.

YesterdayMS Power said it had yet to finalise its proposals.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to the council in the next few months, after it was agreed the development’s impact on the environment did not need to be assessed.

Last November, plans for a solar farm in Laindon were approved. It will be the size of 12 football pitches and on a site off Lower Dunton Road, generating enough power to supply 2,300 homes.

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2:19pm Sat 15 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Fab idea, I think Canvey could do with some of those
Fab idea, I think Canvey could do with some of those You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -2

6:02pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Sensible Man says...

What a truly disgusting proposal. Filthy environmental blight and - who will benefit financially? Now - if this filthy proposal is allowed will it a) reduce local peoples bills or b) create MASSIVE profits for a.n. other? Hmmmm - any suggestions anyone??

By the way You'dfeelbetter - is it not time for you to change your ID again - you normally do so every week or two.
What a truly disgusting proposal. Filthy environmental blight and - who will benefit financially? Now - if this filthy proposal is allowed will it a) reduce local peoples bills or b) create MASSIVE profits for a.n. other? Hmmmm - any suggestions anyone?? By the way You'dfeelbetter - is it not time for you to change your ID again - you normally do so every week or two. Sensible Man
  • Score: 2

6:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Sensible Man wrote:
What a truly disgusting proposal. Filthy environmental blight and - who will benefit financially? Now - if this filthy proposal is allowed will it a) reduce local peoples bills or b) create MASSIVE profits for a.n. other? Hmmmm - any suggestions anyone??

By the way You'dfeelbetter - is it not time for you to change your ID again - you normally do so every week or two.
I know I should, having just returned from a fab Holiday in Australia, one of the many benefits, of being a Landlord, in these hard economic times...
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: What a truly disgusting proposal. Filthy environmental blight and - who will benefit financially? Now - if this filthy proposal is allowed will it a) reduce local peoples bills or b) create MASSIVE profits for a.n. other? Hmmmm - any suggestions anyone?? By the way You'dfeelbetter - is it not time for you to change your ID again - you normally do so every week or two.[/p][/quote]I know I should, having just returned from a fab Holiday in Australia, one of the many benefits, of being a Landlord, in these hard economic times... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -3

7:21pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Sensible Man says...

Ah - so you have JUST returned from Australia??? Now - DO correct me if I am wrong - but have we not seen posts from you on the Echo website over the past days and weeks???

With the greatest of respect to the wonderful Echo website - would ANYONE on a holiday in Australia seriously have the time or inclination to log on and look at / comment on said Echo website?? Hmmm - maybe - just maybe- NOT!!!

Oh dear dear dear - I could go on - but I will not bother. By the way Mr. International Traveller You'dfeel - have you learnt yet that that resort in Egypt is Sharm El Sheikh and not "Sharma Sheikh" Ha Ha Ha - oh dear.
Ah - so you have JUST returned from Australia??? Now - DO correct me if I am wrong - but have we not seen posts from you on the Echo website over the past days and weeks??? With the greatest of respect to the wonderful Echo website - would ANYONE on a holiday in Australia seriously have the time or inclination to log on and look at / comment on said Echo website?? Hmmm - maybe - just maybe- NOT!!! Oh dear dear dear - I could go on - but I will not bother. By the way Mr. International Traveller You'dfeel - have you learnt yet that that resort in Egypt is Sharm El Sheikh and not "Sharma Sheikh" Ha Ha Ha - oh dear. Sensible Man
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Sat 15 Feb 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Ah - so you have JUST returned from Australia??? Now - DO correct me if I am wrong - but have we not seen posts from you on the Echo website over the past days and weeks???

With the greatest of respect to the wonderful Echo website - would ANYONE on a holiday in Australia seriously have the time or inclination to log on and look at / comment on said Echo website?? Hmmm - maybe - just maybe- NOT!!!

Oh dear dear dear - I could go on - but I will not bother. By the way Mr. International Traveller You'dfeel - have you learnt yet that that resort in Egypt is Sharm El Sheikh and not "Sharma Sheikh" Ha Ha Ha - oh dear.
Come on, be fair. Trolls have holidays too.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Ah - so you have JUST returned from Australia??? Now - DO correct me if I am wrong - but have we not seen posts from you on the Echo website over the past days and weeks??? With the greatest of respect to the wonderful Echo website - would ANYONE on a holiday in Australia seriously have the time or inclination to log on and look at / comment on said Echo website?? Hmmm - maybe - just maybe- NOT!!! Oh dear dear dear - I could go on - but I will not bother. By the way Mr. International Traveller You'dfeel - have you learnt yet that that resort in Egypt is Sharm El Sheikh and not "Sharma Sheikh" Ha Ha Ha - oh dear.[/p][/quote]Come on, be fair. Trolls have holidays too. costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: 2

1:13am Sun 16 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Tory voters won't like this.

Watch out Tony Ball and Kevin Blake.......
Tory voters won't like this. Watch out Tony Ball and Kevin Blake....... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

9:25am Sun 16 Feb 14

shallotman says...

Why not out of site on Pitsea marshes.
Why not out of site on Pitsea marshes. shallotman
  • Score: 1

11:02am Sun 16 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Nice big field type space over at Lake Meadows park.
Nice big field type space over at Lake Meadows park. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

2:29pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Sensible Man says...

Why not plant this disgusting piece of eyesore filth right next to those individuals who propose / support / approve such horrible ideas? Am sure we would soon hear them squealing.

Let us KEEP what little is left of rural Essex. Developers - please just GO AWAY!!!!
Why not plant this disgusting piece of eyesore filth right next to those individuals who propose / support / approve such horrible ideas? Am sure we would soon hear them squealing. Let us KEEP what little is left of rural Essex. Developers - please just GO AWAY!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 4

11:19am Mon 17 Feb 14

Chris Flunk says...

Looks like a reasonable site to me and I really don't see what is so bad about the proposal. Before you say it, I wouldn't mind this being next to where I live. It's better than someone trying to cram 600 homes on every piece of open ground.
Looks like a reasonable site to me and I really don't see what is so bad about the proposal. Before you say it, I wouldn't mind this being next to where I live. It's better than someone trying to cram 600 homes on every piece of open ground. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 1

9:43am Thu 27 Feb 14

EcoMan says...

I visited the consultation last night, the plan is very sensible and will not be visible from anywhere other than the sewage treatment works.

Yes, MS Power will make money out of it (what business wouldn't.... that's why people start businesses in the first place) but ultimately a pension fund will be investing in it, selling the power back to the grid meaning that your pensions are guaranteed (about) 6-8% Return On Investment safely. Surely you'd rather have that guaranteed in any pension plan (after all, it's the banks and pension funds that always own these things) and you're safeguarding energy supplies as the local grid will have to be reinforced.

This development can only benefit Billericay, and for a mere 6-10 weeks of traffic disruption around the site entrance (which won't affect 99.9% of Billericay residents anyway.

Added to that, it'd stop the 420 houses that are also proposed on the same bit of land and I'm sure we don't have the necessary amenities to cope with that, a development like that will require massive disruption in Billericay for well over a year.

If the solar farm isn't visible to anyone, is silent running, ensures a more stable power supply by reducing cable loads elsewhere and the landowner and the business can earn some money out of it, how can that be a bad thing?
I visited the consultation last night, the plan is very sensible and will not be visible from anywhere other than the sewage treatment works. Yes, MS Power will make money out of it (what business wouldn't.... that's why people start businesses in the first place) but ultimately a pension fund will be investing in it, selling the power back to the grid meaning that your pensions are guaranteed (about) 6-8% Return On Investment safely. Surely you'd rather have that guaranteed in any pension plan (after all, it's the banks and pension funds that always own these things) and you're safeguarding energy supplies as the local grid will have to be reinforced. This development can only benefit Billericay, and for a mere 6-10 weeks of traffic disruption around the site entrance (which won't affect 99.9% of Billericay residents anyway. Added to that, it'd stop the 420 houses that are also proposed on the same bit of land and I'm sure we don't have the necessary amenities to cope with that, a development like that will require massive disruption in Billericay for well over a year. If the solar farm isn't visible to anyone, is silent running, ensures a more stable power supply by reducing cable loads elsewhere and the landowner and the business can earn some money out of it, how can that be a bad thing? EcoMan
  • Score: 0

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