Solar farm plan is rejected by district council

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Plans for a solar farm on land near Thoresby Colliery have been rejected by councillors because of the impact it could have on the landscape.

The proposal was to transform a 10-hectare site just off the A075 Ollerton Road between Edwinstowe and Ollerton, and opposite the entrance to the recently-closed coal pit.

Despite support from both Ollerton and Edwinstowe Parish Council, the application was turned down by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

A statement from the planning department said: “The district council considers that the proposed solar farm would result in a moderate-high adverse impact on the landscape character of the area directly contradicting the landscape actions of the Newark and Sherwood Landscape Character Assessment.

“Moreover, the proposal would amount to a moderate adverse effect to the visual amenity of motorists and residents of neighbouring properties which compounds the adverse impact of the development overall.”

Submitted by Anesco Limited, the site consists of two separate agricultural fields, on which they wanted to put mote than 16,884 solar photovoltaic panels across the fields to help generate 4.64MWP of electricity.

The energy would have been fed into the National Grid.

The panels would have stood at 2.5 metres, and have a lifespan of 39 years.

Fencing around the site which would have stood at 2.2m high.

The applicant said the site was ideal because it sloped southwards allowing it to receive sufficient daylight.

As statement as part of the company’s plans, it read: “Careful consideration has been given to the design of the solar farm to ensure it responds to the existing site context and has been engineered to provide a balance of functional capacity and the preservation of the 
environment and local amenity.”