A solar farm developer and operator has held a public consultation into plans to build a solar farm in the Alpington and Yelverton area.

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Lightsource Renewable Energy held the consultation at Alpington and Yelverton Village Hall on Monday over plans to build the solar farm at Avenue Farm in Yelverton to provide renewable energy for 2,000 homes.

Around 20 villagers attended the consultation to comment on the proposals, with a planning application likely to be submitted to South Norfolk Council in the future.

A number of revisions to the design had taken place, including the removal of an entire field from the plan, with the inclusion of a more secluded field to the north instead.

The revisions mean the planned solar farm is now further away from Yelverton homes, as well as the two public footpaths to the south and east. Sheep will graze among the panels and a wild flower meadow will be sown around the perimeter to improve habitat prospects for birds, bees and insects.

New hedgerow planting will help to screen the farm from the wider area and will also strengthen wildlife corridors and re-establish historic field boundaries.

Mammal gates in the fencing will allow small mammals to enjoy the solar farm area and pass through it undisrupted.

Jack Taylor, chairman of Alpington with Yelverton Parish Council, said the council could not comment until an application had been formally submitted, which could happen at the next council meeting on March 3, or the annual parish meeting four days later.

He said that personally, he was opposed to the plans, adding: “I do not like solar farms, whether they are here or in Devon or Scotland. They are economically unviable unless they have got subsidies and in the winter months they are not working.”

However, Conor McGuigan, planning and development director at Lightsource, said: “Solar power is a dependable source of energy and farming it creates a great opportunity to establish a sustainable local supply chain.

“There are many ways people can get involved – from the point of design right through to construction, fencing and enhancing habitats for local wildlife.”

What do you think? Email edpletters@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • Not so blue tractor! They are not the way forward Solar farms are taking more and more agricultural land out of food production. Personally I would rather eat in the dark than starve in artificial light! ... and wind turbines blight our cherished countryside. Solar panels are for roofs not fields ...but panels and turbines are both inefficient, unreliable sources of energy which cause fuel poverty and need fossil fuel spinning reserve backup if we are to be assured of power when we need it. And so this madness continues all because the government signed up to legally binding European targets without the slightest idea of how they would meet them.

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    Edmund Allenby

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Edmund, you seem to be keen to keep the fields and countryside as they are but if you are a true environmentalist, you would be promoting renewable sources of energy. In my opinion, wind turbines do not blight the landscape.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Solar and wind power are the way forward. End of debate. The statement that solar power only works in the summer is incorrect. In any case it's as ludicrous as saying that a gas-fired power station only works when gas is piped in.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Blue Tractor You are, as always, wrong on both issues Wind Turbines destroy the landscape, generate NO useable electricity and rob the poor to pay the rich Solar panels, please see above, + they cover useable agricultural land which could grow food. All Green Energy = Idiocy, every time!

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    Windless

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • The Polar opposite of what "Blue Tractor" above is saying is true Solar doesn't work, even he would have to agree, when dark, or less than perfect conditions. It, like all of renewable idiocies, needs 100% back up from proper generation when it isn't producing. To describe this as the "way forward" is akin to describing the replacement of a modern car with a HORSE!!!!

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    Windless

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I agree with you Windless, except that it is the equivalent of having a car and a horse! Welcome to the world of more expensive energy. A folly for the next 25 years.

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    andy

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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