Solar park plans press on

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 July 2014

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DEVELOPERS behind a scheme to build a large solar farm in North Somerset countryside hope to seek planning permission in a week's time.

Proposals to build the park, which could hold more than 52,000 solar panels, could be put to North Somerset Council in less than a fortnight.

If permitted, the 36-acre site at Towerbrook Farm in Banwell could potentially create enough electricity to power 2,400 homes.

New Energy, the company behind the plans, held a public consultation a fortnight ago but only a few people attended to question the designers.

In the project presentation, the company said: “It is temporary and a relatively low-impact development which allows sheep to graze under and around the panels.

“The site will improve wildlife and habitat within the retained field margins, hedgerows and woodland.”

The plans will be put to the planning authority in the coming weeks, giving members of the public a chance to object or support the application.

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