Midford Castle owner hoping to improve green footprint with solar panels
A Badburg built in 1775 is being brought into the 21st century to make it self-sufficient.
Scott Adams bought Midford Castle from Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage in 2009 and completed the renovations he had begun.
Now he wants to install hybrid solar modules and a biomass boiler and build a barn in which the fuel is stored.
The motion states: “Given that historic buildings and large lots are currently an increasing burden on their owners, not only for maintenance but also for the energy costs associated with their occupation, this proposal includes sustainable energy targets to achieve the To maintain structures that reduce costs and environmental footprint, the estate reduces its liability to its current custodian.
“The Midford Castle Estate was bought by Scott Adams in 2009. From the beginning it was his job to meet the energy needs of the Midford Castle Estate himself, large as it is, and to examine all possible options in order to be able to achieve this goal.
“Addressing the known problems of climate change and the carbon footprint of large, uninsulated country houses was central to this assignment.
With 30 acres of forest on the property, consultants said biomass was the most viable renewable option for self-sufficiency. It will heat the castle and rent out the eight vacations.
The plans state: “When the buildings were first built, the heating and hot water were generated by burning wood that came from the property and this is said to be the future source of all fuels (excluding solar energy).
“By reducing reliance on external fuels, either fossil or wood, the property increases its future energy security, viability, and its contribution to carbon emissions due to significantly reduced transportation costs.”
The Bath and North East Somerset Council will determine the fate of the application.
Stephen Sumner, local democracy reporter