Yorkshire council backs 60-hectare solar farm

A local authority has resolved to approve plans for a solar farm on a 60 hectare site in East Yorkshire after planners concluded that any landscape harm caused by the scheme was 'not considered significant'.

Solar: 60-hectare Yorkshire scheme approved (pic Orangeaurochs via Flickr)
Solar: 60-hectare Yorkshire scheme approved (pic Orangeaurochs via Flickr)

Energy company Big60Million submitted plans to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build the ground mounted solar photovoltaic farm with a generating capacity of up to 32MW on the site south of the village of Bilton.

According to a planning report, Bilton Parish Council had raised a number of concerns about the proposals, saying that it could not support the application due to "its scale and effect it will have on the local community and environment".

But last week, the council authorised its director of planning and economic regeneration to grant planning permission following the signing of a section 106 agreement.

The report concluded that the generation of renewable energy is a "significant material consideration which weighs heavily in the balance".

It said the project represented sustainable development, and was acceptable when assessed against national and local policy.

The report said that the development is of "a significant scale" and would "inevitably cause some harm to the character of the landscape and the outlook of nearby residents".

"However, the impact is on balance not considered so significant that it would render the nearby properties unattractive places to live, and with the implementation of a comprehensive landscaping scheme, including a large area of off-site planting, it would be acceptable," it added.

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