New Forest District Council recently received a request for a scoping opinion on whether a future application would require a supportive Environmental Impact Assessment. As with very limited types of other planning applications that solely require technical or legal appraisal, the council does not consult.
New Milton Town Council and its Members wish to state that there had been no consultation on a potential wind turbine on land north of Barton Golf Course, reference 12/98214. It was unfortunate that the district council’s website could be interpreted as showing that consultation with the Town Council and the two District members for Becton ward , who are also Town Councillors, had taken place. Amendments to the website have clarified this point.
Any planning application will be subject to normal publicity by the district council and this would include informing the owners/occupiers of adjacent land, the Town Council and the relevant ward members. The fact that New Forest District Council has technically determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required in no way limits its ability to take all comments on board or intimates that a subsequent approval is more likely. The Town Council will make their public comment through their Planning Committee once a formal application is received. Their members may well have individual opinions yet to be aired, but there is empathy for residents concerned about the potential turbine. The Chairman of the Town Council Planning Committee, Cllr Steve Clarke, advises that concerned residents should write to the Town Council to air their views once a formal application has been received.
New Forest District Council apologies if any misinterpretation of the information on its web site has caused embarrassment to the Town Council and its members.