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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Group opposes 72-acre solar panel scheme in Cumbria

An action group has condemned plans for a 72-acre solar panel scheme.

Plans for the park near Bothel were submitted to Allerdale council on behalf of Green Switch Solutions.

But Westnewton Action Group have issued a strong response to the screening application, saying that the plans are a significant development and would create a cumulative impact.

There are already turbines visible in the area and the group feel this should be taken into account when considering the 14.4 megawatt scheme.

Their statement says: “Sustainability is a favourite word used by the renewables industry in an attempt to justify its imposition of its projects on our landscapes, but is it not even more the case that the very landscapes themselves need to be sustained in order to prevent their abuse and erosion by the greed of such an industry?

“To have 29 hectares of green agricultural land almost completely covered with shiny black plastic is going to create a very considerable visual impact on the local environment.

“We believe that everything therefore points to an environmental impact assessment being an essential element, and so we respectfully suggest that the planning authority make this an absolute requirement of any future full application.”

There is already an eight-turbine windfarm at Wharrels Hill, near Bothel, but there are currently no solar parks in the vicinity.

Green Switch Solutions say that the proposal would not have a significant effect on the environment.

A statement submitted to Allerdale council says: “Due to the panel height not exceeding the approximate height of three metres the visual impact of this proposal on the wider landscape will be limited, particularly when considering the surrounding hedges and tree scape that will be retained.

“The duration and frequency of the potential impacts are not significant and with the removal of panels after 25 years are largely reversible.”

Rosley resident Susan Wasilewski said: “This will make it over-industrialised and be unattractive to the many visitors who come to Cumbria to enjoy the peace and beauty, not to look at wind turbines and rows of solar panels.”

Consultation ends on April 26.

Have your say

Id much rather see/look at a field of solar panels than the ugly,intrusive 100s ft high wind farms Cumbria is littered with now and more to come,But when these companies talk of benefit to the community,then let it be seen in there household bills with cheaper electricity....

Posted by spiritchief on 20 April 2013 at 23:20

more complaints stopping jobs..

another reason for young people and professionals to move out of cumbria. no new jobs? look a the airport? no jobs yet.

Posted by Elo on 19 April 2013 at 14:09

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