Two solar farms which would power more than 6,000 homes could be built in countryside

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 December 2017

Two solar farms could be built in Somerset.

Two solar farms could be built in Somerset.

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Plans to build two solar farms capable of powering more than 6,000 homes in the Somerset countryside have been proposed.

Intelligent Alternatives has asked Sedgemoor District Council for screening opinion on two proposed solar farms in Mark and Lympsham.

The Lympsham farm would be built on agricultural land to the north of Wick Road on the Somerset Levels – which is approximately 22.5 hectares in size and equal to the area of 22 international rugby fields.

In the plans, developers have assured people it will not impact the overall appearance of the site, and it believes the plans will not have a ‘significant effect’ on the environment and is not in a ‘sensitive area’.

It says: “The proposals will not be readily visible in the immediate vicinity of the site or from the wider landscape other than from the adjacent railway line, for a brief period, from the railway bridge and from Brent Knoll.

The solar farms could be built in Mark and Lympsham.The solar farms could be built in Mark and Lympsham.

“The boundaries and margins, including mature trees, hedges and other areas of flora, would be protected during construction and operation.

“There will be limited 
removal of internal hedges and additional planting would be put in place to help screen the proposals and contribute to the biodiversity of the site and its surroundings.”

The Mark development is planned for Poplar Farm, in Northwick Road, and is identical in size to the other plans.

The developers believe the sites would produce enough power to run 6,180 homes annually for 30 years.

The solar farms could be built in Mark and LympshamThe solar farms could be built in Mark and Lympsham

It says: “At this stage, it is anticipated a solar farm of up to 11 mega watts could be developed, powering approximately 3,080 homes annually for 30 years.

“The panels will be mounted on metal frames, secured to the ground by metal piles. The maximum height of the panels above ground level will be three metres and will face south and will be dark blue or black in appearance.

“A number of small buildings will be required to house inverters, transformers, substations, communications equipment, storage and batteries.”

To view the applications, visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk and search 31/17/00016 for the Lympsham application or 33/17/00035 for the Mark plans.

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