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Developers hoping to build on poulshot farm site
11:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
DEVELOPERS of a proposed major solar park on agricultural land at Poulshot claim it will have little impact on the landscape.
A planning application for the 80 acre site at Poulshot Lodge Farm was submitted last week by Hive Energy after an exhibition of the plans in Poulshot Village Hall last month.
Hive Energy would lease the land from farmer Tim Hues for 25 years and he would receive a payment by way of an index-linked rent or share of revenue.
The solar park is expected to generate up to 16 megawatts of electricity a year, capable of supplying energy to 5,000 homes in the Devizes area.
The land in between the panels would be capable of being grazed by sheep, enabling a further diversification for Mr Hues, who intends to produce lamb and sell it in his farm shop.
The land would reduce the total arable area farmed by Mr Hues, the second generation of his family to farm there, by about four per cent but he said the land is of poor quality for growing crops.
The solar panels would be arranged in long rows running from east to west, with each array mounted on a steel framework so the panels are facing south to maximise the energy output.
Hive’s agents, the Pegasus Group, said each array of panels would have a maximum height of less than 2.2 metres.
Pegasus said: “Due to a combination of planting within and adjoining the application site, local topography and the low-level nature of the proposed development, the majority of views from outside of the site will not be significantly affected by the proposed scheme. In any case the proposed measures of introducing additional new planting along the boundaries of the site will help mitigate any effect on the area’s visual amenity.
“The site has been carefully selected and is naturally screened from most publicly accessible locations. At such a distance the panels will blend into the overall field patterns, colours and textures.”
Pegasus said during construction there would be about 205 lorry deliveries, about eight per day.
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