Parish councils object to solar farm plans

Land at Wick Street has been earmarked for a solar farm. Image: Google Maps

Land at Wick Street has been earmarked for a solar farm. Image: Google Maps

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Plans for a solar farm on land at Wick Street, Berwick, will be considered by Wealden District Council planners next week.

The scheme, which would generate up to 4MW of electricity, has been recommended for approval.

The area covered by the proposed development is 6.8 hectares, to the west of Wick Street and to the north of an existing solar park.

It would involve approximately 13,000 solar panels and supply the electricity needs of 880 homes.

Arlington Parish Council has objected to the application, saying it would have an ‘unnacceptable impact’ on the visual amenity in a rural location.

Chalvington and Ripe Parish Council has also objected, saying the plan ‘industrialises’ the Low Weald and would be at the expense of agricultural land, and Berwick Parish Council has objected on the grounds of visual impact.

The application will be discussed by the Planning Committee South on Thursday (February 2).

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