Plans for 900-plus solar panels in Packington are given green light by district council

By Graham Hill

9th Feb 2021 | Local News

Solar panels will be used to convert sunlight into electricity. Photo: Pixabay
Solar panels will be used to convert sunlight into electricity. Photo: Pixabay

Plans to install over 900 solar panels at a farm in Packington have been given the go-ahead by North West Leicestershire District Council.

Planning permission has been applied for the installation of a solar farm at Lower Fields Mushroom Farm in Normanton Road.

A planning report says the ground mounted photovoltaic array would consist of 932 photovoltaic panels which would convert daylight into electricity - with the electricity being used to power the mushroom farm.

Amended plans were received during the course of the application following concerns the proposed panels would be too close to the hedge and watercourse.

But now, the amended plans allow for a five metre buffer to allow it to remain as a wildlife corridor, and to permit watercourse maintenance.

The reports concludes the principle of the development is acceptable - and that the proposal is not considered to have any significant detrimental design, residential amenity, ecology, flooding or highway safety impacts and would not adversely impact the River Mease.

It adds the proposal is deemed to comply with the relevant policies in the adopted Local Plan, and recommends that the application be permitted.


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