Plans to build a solar farm described as “the largest on-shore renewable energy project in north Norfolk” were granted planning permission today.

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North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) development committee voted in-line with planning officer Geoff Lyon’s recommendation to approve British Solar Renewable’s plans.

The solar farm is planned to be built at Egmere, four miles south of Wells.

It will consist of approximately 82,280 panels across 48 hectares on the former RAF North Creake airfield.

In a report to councillors Mr Lyon said: “The solar farm would generate enough electricity for the needs of approximately 4,326 homes annually.

“This would make it by far the largest renewable energy project in the district and would make a significant contribution towards meeting national renewable energy targets.”

The solar farm is one of three major renewable energy projects planned for Egmere.

Plans for an anaerobic digester have already been approved and NNDC is carrying out a public consultation over plans to create a business park for companies working in the renewable energy industry.

Campaigners had expressed concerns about the size of the solar farm, the cumulative impact of it aligned to other developments and the impact it would have on the former North Creake airfield as an iportant heritage site.

At today’s meeting, Nigel Morter, who lives at Bunkers Hill, the former control tower at the airfield, asked for certain conditions to be included in the proposals, including that an artifact search on the site is carried out by a competent person, that the view from the control tower to the runway was protected by slightly moving one of the boundaries and that information signs about the historical significance of the site were put in place.

Councillors agreed the application on provision Mr Morter’s conditions were added.

Angus Macdonald, founder of British Solar Renewables, said they had worked hard to look at concerns regarding the visual impact of the development and as a result a landscaping scheme had been introduced as part of this.

Planning officers also gave an update on comments received from the Norfolk Coast Partnership and the Highways Authority stating they had no objections to the plans.

12 comments

  • I can't believe it! Where is the Cameleon and his big idea of "localism"? In reality he has allowed Piggles to open a floodgate of unwanted developments to defile the countryside. I'm sure the manifesto said something quite different, but what's the point of making promises if you can't break them, what what.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • Largest renewable energy project in the district my a**e..... largest eye sore and waste of land more like it.

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    Mr T

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • dave01: i read about the panels your are talking about which are super efficient compared with existing panels lets actually hope these people who are developing these site have as well because as you say they really do make an awful lot more sense than current conventional panels.

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    MrB

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • andy----what news article are you reading this one is about solar farms not wind farms.....I suggest you have another read

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    MickB1

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • That's what i love about norfolk, next we will have gm cabbages glowing in the dark..actually usa can coat food with parafin and store heat in protien and even within silica (sand) to release sunlight heat. Gould knows what will happen if UEA starts making illuminating fields.with corporate stealth money... The opportunities are immense yet the UEA are 5 years behind what we can do in my shed and a £6 food mixer from asda, there are no new ideas just programmers and analiyists of what their tutors tell them to look at.Crick and watson did that years ago, what are you doing? Apologies English is not my best laptop language..Our best scientists seem to drill down in a blinkered hole by their multi national seed producers and lose sight of science. I met one who was firing fly genes into a plant and asked him what he was doing it for, responsponse ..it's a bit random and that is what they tell me to do, The genes can land anywhere in the string.. imo this is tantamount to injecting a virus into a 6 billion year code that worked... before it was destroyed..

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    Dave01

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • Calm down mr T. This is what Norfolk does best. Watch how a folly unfolds and have a good laugh afterwards..

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    Dave01

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • Yet more tax payers and consumers money being wasted!!! I was at Yarmouth yesterday and only one of the wind turbines was turning with the rest either completely still or turning so slowly that it was almost impossible to see them turn. Were we paying them not to produce electricity - AGAIN. Meanwhile Germany is building lots of new coal fired stations because it is not in thrall to the global warming or climate change fanatics.

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    andy

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • Do you mean revenue, or subsidy collected from everyone's utility bills irrespective as to their ability to pay?

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    Windless

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

  • I would like to know why the Gaffer is dithering about with Coltishall. He should have it covered in panels by now, bringing in much needed revenue to NCC for the next 20 years.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

  • I'm not against solar farms per se, but did you know current flat silicon technology looses 25% efficiency in the first year, I'm not sure of this in so much as I haven't my own evidence, I've only met international manufacturers and they are trying to sell this like double glazing; there is a glut of panels and manufacturing plants are being closed down USA and China... A trade secret :- The new (not sold here) technology uses crystal structures where the light travels 3 to 4 times further within the crystal hence at least 200% actually 399% plus per unit space. That is the new norm, yet these people as above are being fooled by someone I guess. I'ld just wait for the new internally reflective crystal panels, they actually make sense even without a govt pay-back.. Such is capitalism, salesmen will sell anything simply because they don't know their subject and consumers likewise....also beware of consultants because many are encapsulated salesman in deals. Just wait for the new panels to be available..

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    Dave01

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

  • NCC is also planning some more incinerators for Norfolk, no doubt the Conservative party will be asking you in the forthcoming election whether you would like one nearby. This solar subsidy, quickly brought in before the subsidies are halved, makes me wonder what the planners will get in return, this is not a job creation scheme, but a tax hyst.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, March 15, 2013

  • andy----what news article are you reading this one is about solar farms not wind farms.....I suggest you have another read

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    MickB1

    Friday, March 15, 2013

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