Lancashire solar farm to power 2,400 homes approved

Approved: Land at Westfield Farm, where the solar park is to be constructed
Approved: Land at Westfield Farm, where the solar park is to be constructed
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A solar park has been given the go-ahead for the Lancashire countryside.

Hive Energy has secured planning permission for an 8MW solar farm near Catterall and Claughton-on-Brock off the A6, expected to generate enough energy to power 2,400 homes.

Construction of the farm is due to begin this summer, and the site is expected to energise in the autumn.

Plans were approved for about 40 acres of land at Westfield Farm, and Hive said the site would have a biodiversity and enhancement plan to improve the environment of the site.

Tim Purbrick, commercial director at Hive Energy, said: “We develop all our sites in line with the Solar Trade Association’s 10 commitments guiding best practice in solar farm development.

“As part of this, we identify opportunities to enhance the ecological value of the land and implement a range of biodiversity measures that will work in harmony with the solar panels.

“So at the same time as generating clean energy for thousands of homes, the site will also be a boost to local wildlife.”

Once the panels have been installed, sheep will be brought back to graze underneath them.

Specific habitat areas with bird boxes and areas for 
the installation of beehives could also be placed around the site.

The site will be returned to its former use at the end of its 25 year working life.