Sirius SBC say plans for Solar Farm would assimilate well into Colne Valley Park

Sirius SBC Renewables says its plan for a 12 ha Solar Farm on Green Belt in Colnbrook will assimilate well into the surrounding landscape without causing change to landscape character, visual amenity, or cohesion of the Colne Valley Park.

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The Planning Application for construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic farm including fencing, internal service tracks, transformer and inverter stations, cabling, CCTV, landscaping, substations and ancillary cabins, was submitted two weeks ago.

Predicted noise from the solar farm, with proposed mitigation measures, would be between 33 and 40 LAeq(dB), which the company says would not be noticeable above the ambient noise levels.  The site would normally not operate outside of daylight hours but, occasionally, may be required to.

The company believes the development of the site will be an improvement as a result of its limited development potential, despite its current use for arable and grazing.  It notes that solar farms are seen by many as having a positive visual impact on the environment:

“It is commonly accepted that the nature (or valency) of effects of a development are subjective based upon the attitude of the individual. The introduction of a solar farm may be seen as a detracting feature, or as a positive addition to the evolving energy generation landscape, reflecting the need to generate clean renewable energy.”

Residents at the Hilton Terminal 5 in Poyle would see the panels from northerly and easterly views – but those attending the public exhibition in April were told the Hilton was already on board with the plans.

The company says the scheme will not result in a loss or impact any of the key landscape features of the site, although promises little mitigation.  It also concludes a “negligible effect” on the Colne Valley Park, insisting that “the proposed solar farm could … be assimilated into the surrounding landscape without causing change to landscape character and visual amenity”.

No direct financial benefits to the local community are proposed, but the company says the construction phase of the development is “likely” to generate income from unspecified local businesses.

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