new 90-acre solar energy farm at Berrow
wins the go-ahead
for a huge new solar energy farm on the outskirts of Brean and
Berrow have been given the go-ahead this week.
90-acre solar farm is earmarked for fields to the south of Wick
Farm in the parishes of Berrow and Brent Knoll.
plans for the 18 megawatt solar farm were submitted from developer
Hadstone Energy and approved at a meeting of Sedgemoor
District Council's Development Commitee on Tuesday (October 28th).
Sedgemoor Planning Case Officer Chris Gomm recommended the plans
were approved, saying: "The application site is located in
the countryside where development is strictly controlled but where
planning policy supports the principle of renewable and low carbon
"The proposed installation will not have a significant adverse
visual impact or a significant adverse impact upon the landscape,
ecology or residential amenity. Existing and proposed planting
will minimise the visibility and thus impact of the development
from publicly accessible vantage points."
"The proposed installation will not generate emissions or
noise that would cause disturbance. Highway arrangements are acceptable,
including during construction, vehicular movements will be minimal
following installation and the access to/from the site is adequate."
Lympsham Parish Council objected against the plans. A spokesman
explained: "The council's view is that any increase in the
volume of heavy traffic through our village will only have a detrimental
effect on the existing issues on this route and would suggest
the planners recommend an alternative access route for this development,
especially as the planning application is not in our Parish and
Lympsham will not benefit from it."
already runs a large solar energy farm at Watchfield, near
Burnham-On-Sea.com has previously featured the huge solar energy
farms in Watchfield
and others planned at Rooksbridge