Biggest solar scheme approved

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

THE Isle of Wight’s biggest solar park has been approved.

Despite 23 letters of objection, the authority’s planning committee approved the 75-acre development at Hill Farm off Carpenters Road, between Brading and St Helens.

The photovoltaic park will have 131 rows of panels supplying enough electricity for 2,500 homes — an annual carbon saving, said developer BNRG Renewables, of 5,000 tonnes a year.

Most objections centred on the adverse effect on the countryside and the sensitive grassland habitat for nesting birds including skylarks, lapwings and meadow pipits.

St Helens Parish Council was among objectors but Brading Town Council supported the application, seeking a woodland buffer zone.

The Isle of Wight Council approval is subject to the panels being removed after 25 years, monitoring of bird collisions with the solar panels, and landscaping conditions.

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