Solar panel plans on green belt set to be refused

Enfield group are hoping that a solar panel field built on green belt land will be turned down this week

Enfield group are hoping that a solar panel field built on green belt land will be turned down this week

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Plans to carve up a chunk of green belt land and turn it into a solar panel field is set to be rejected.

Sloemans Farm, in Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield, could see a 15.2 megawatt solar panel plant be placed on the farm.

Plans suggest it will cover 9.28 hectares of land and stand roughly two metres from the floor.

However, recommendations state that the proposal is set to be refused, much to the delight of David Cockle, chairman of The Enfield Society.

He told the Enfield Independent: “It was be the wrong place for such a panel to be positioned. Solar panels belong on the top of warehouses and homes, not on precious green belt.

Objections have been raised in the report suggesting that several mature oak trees on the farm would be lost as a result of the plant.

As well as that, ten written objections were made with many citing the loss of green belt land and its impact on the nature living there.

Mr Cockle added: “This would be start of chopping parts of green belt land because once you accept one building, then others spring up, it’s a stealthy approach.

“A third of Enfield is green land and we need to keep it that way and use brownfield sites for solar panels.”

National Planning Police Framework, who have assessed the planning application, stated in the report that: “Local planning authorities should regard the construction of the new buildings as inappropriate in Green Belt.”

However the application states that there would only be an impact on fields and not pond or hedgerow

The decision is set to be made at a planning committee on Thursday, September 4, at the Civic Centre, in Silver Street.

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12:38pm Wed 3 Sep 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

The planning meeting set for 4th September has been CANCELLED on the basis of NO BUSINESS, see the enfield.gov.uk web site for details
The planning meeting set for 4th September has been CANCELLED on the basis of NO BUSINESS, see the enfield.gov.uk web site for details dons24pelliparclose
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6:07pm Tue 9 Sep 14

DavidFlint says...

I understand that the application has been withdrawn and is likely to be resubmitted with changes to make it more acceptable. It's worth supporting because it will save over 6,000 tons per year of CO2 emissions.
I understand that the application has been withdrawn and is likely to be resubmitted with changes to make it more acceptable. It's worth supporting because it will save over 6,000 tons per year of CO2 emissions. DavidFlint
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