Controversial solar farm plan given the green light

Carver Hey Farm, Moss Lane, Little Hoole

Carver Hey Farm, Moss Lane, Little Hoole

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Campaigners have lost their fight against plans to create a solar farm on green belt land.

Members of South Ribble Council’s planning committee went against officers’ advice to refuse the plans for the development to the rear of Carver Hey Farm in Moss Lane, Little Hoole.

It has been recommended for refusal because it was deemed to have an inappropriate and detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the area.

Five objections to the scheme were lodged by neighbours concerned over the impact on green belt, the loss of agricultural land, the appearance of the site and the erosion of a single track road. Little Hoole Parish Council also objected.

But applicant Navitas claimed the soil was of poor quality, the siting is non-permanent, it would create jobs, and and the panels would not be visibly prominent from any neighbouring property.

A spokesman for the agent said: “Naturally we are very pleased with the Committee’s decision to approve the application.

“We are currently working with our client on discharging the relevant planning conditions and will continue to work proactively with South Ribble Borough Council throughout construction to ensure that the scheme causes minimal disruption to local residents.”

Once built, the solar farm will be the size of six football pitches, featuring 9,614 free-standing solar panels surrounded by a 3.2 metre high security fence with CCTV cameras and an associated substation on land east of Moss Lane.

The panels will remain in place for 25 years and Navitas claim the site will produce up to 2.5 megawatts of electricity under peak conditions - enough to power 769 homes.