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New green belt solar farm planned near Bath

Plans are being drawn up for another new solar farm in the green belt near Bath.

Renewable Connections Developments Limited is asking Bath and North East Somerset Council to consider the environmental impact of installing solar panels over 24 hectares in Marksbury Plain before it submits an application.

The proposals say the development on agricultural land could generate 15 megawatts of electricity.

There are already two smaller solar farms immediately to the west of the site.

The 10-hectare, five megawatt Church Farm Solar in Chelwood and the five-hectare, 2.3megawatt development near Huntstrete were both approved in 2014.

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The latter was a scaled back scheme after plans for a 15-hectare 6.7 megawatt solar farm were rejected an appeal was thrown out amid concerns for the green belt.

The screening application for the Markbury Plain site off Chelwood Road says: “The proposed solar PV development would change the character of the site from gently sloping arable land to solar arrays and other associated infrastructure. However, the uniform layout of a solar PV development would be curtailed by boundary hedgerows fitting into the existing landscape scale.”

It adds: “The proposed development would, typically, have a life of up to 40 years at the end of which the modules would be decommissioned, removed from the site and the site returned to its previous use, agricultural land.”

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Renewable Connections Developments Limited – which aims to develop 500MW of solar projects every year – says the scheme could boost biodiversity and enhance green infrastructure.

Bath and North East Somerset Council will consider the application.

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2021-03-17 13:01:12

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