Plan for solar energy park at farm
Last updated at 15:06, Friday, 20 September 2013
Plans have been revealed for a 44-acre solar energy park between Broughton Moor and Dearham.
Initial investigations into land at Newhall Farm, near Sunnyslack, are being carried out by Scottish firm Castillium Limited.
The park, if it went ahead, would house solar panels erected in rows not more than 10ft high.
Derek Mitchell, director of Castillium, said his firm had applied for a screening opinion from Allerdale council, and a full investigation of the site would need to be carried out before any decision was made.
The council has already decided that a planning application is sufficient for the scheme and that no environmental impact assessment will be needed.
A council spokesman said: “The scale of the development is not considered to be of more than local importance at this location.”
Mr Mitchell said the impact of a solar park was minimal compared with a wind farm.
He said: “There is no noise, no shadow flicker and virtually no visual impact. Solar panels are attached to posts and we plant hedgerows so they are really not visible.”
Another firm, Green Switch Solutions, wants to erect a 28-acre solar energy park at land at Kirkland Green, south of Moota Quarry, and a 13-acre park at Allerby, near Maryport.
A spokesman said formal applications for both were still a long way off.
First published at 14:53, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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