‘Surprising’ solar panel plans

PUBLISHED: 20:00 12 August 2015

Wrington Motors on the corner of High Street and School Road.

Wrington Motors on the corner of High Street and School Road.

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MORE than 180 solar panels could be built on an industrial estate in a North Somerset village.

Some 188 energy-generating panels, set at ground level, are set to be built on the PJ Hare site in the Havyatt Road Trading Estate in Wrington.

PJ Hare makes hydraulic production presses for the automotive industry and it has submitted an application for outline planning permission for the panels to North Somerset Council.

As part of the application, an ecological survey was carried out on the site to assess whether the panels had any environmental constraints or opportunities.

The report said: “It is considered that overall the proposed development works are unlikely to have negative impacts on wildlife, and the area of the proposed solar panel installation is not considered to be suitable for protected species.”

Wrington Parish Council did not 
object to the proposal, but called it ‘surprising’.

A statement from the council said: “The proposal for ground mounted panels was thought surprising as, in the site suggested, they could inhibit any possible extension of the existing building in the future and thus the roof of the building would seem to be a better site for the said panels to be mounted, rather than on grassland within the settlement boundary.”

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