Huge 120 acre sea of solar panels set to be built near Yeovil
A huge sea of solar panels is set to be built near Yeovil after the building permit for the project is approved.
The green light has been given for the gigantic solar park, which will encompass seven fields in Clifton Maybank near Bradford Abbas.
The project will be able to generate 35 MW of electricity per year, which is enough to power 10,600 households.
The Dorset Council recently granted Voltalia Ltd planning permission for the 55 acre site at Clifton Farm, which planners have been screening on its northwest boundary by Clifton Wood with belts of trees on the eastern and southern boundaries of the property.
Overhead lines cross the site with two pylons in the area of application, which connect the solar park to the national grid.
Planning documents show that the scheme would practically cover seven fields currently used for agriculture with blue solar panels.
At the time of the decision, only one parish council responded to the request – the Bradford Abbas Parish Council – which raised concerns about the trucks on the narrow bridges and alleys in the area during construction.
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The planning documents for the project read: “The proposal would provide a clean, renewable and sustainable form of electricity and also make a valuable contribution to electricity generation at the local level.
“The program would contribute to the Council’s progress towards its renewable energy target and also help meet national targets for both energy supply and low carbon energy development.
“The arrays [solar panels] would be set within a two meter high security fence.
“A single connection to the substation will serve the development.”
The planning documents go on to say: “Once the proposal is operational, it will have no significant impact on noise, vibration, overshoot or other emissions, including air quality.
“The selected location is appropriate insofar as it can accommodate the proposed solar park without significantly impairing the character of the wider landscape or the amenities of the residents in the area.”