Promise to screen planned solar park from view in Seend

Developers of a proposed solar farm in Seend say it will be screened from view.

Green Switch Solutions would lease the 22 acre solar park on land at Rew Farm, owned by Seend farmer Mark Newman, for the next 25 years.

The company, based in Burscough, Lancashire, has applied for planning permission for the solar park to be installed on four arable fields. The solar park would generate 4MW of electricity to be fed back to the local network.

The site is on land at the bottom of Bollands Hill and at a public consultation event held at the Barge Inn, Seend Cleeve, in February concerns were expressed about the visual impact of the solar panels looking down from Seend.

In their planning application Green Switch say: “The site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process and can be effectively screened from view so as not to impact upon the landscape character of the area or residential amenity.

“The solar energy proposal responds to international, European and national policy and the long term aim of reducing CO2 emissions by helping to contribute towards the attainment of renewable energy targets.”

Construction would take up to four months, with about 100 lorries delivering the panels.

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