Fareham Borough Council has granted planning permission for a solar farm on land at Newlands Farm south of Tanners Lane/West of Newgate Lane, Fareham.
The application site comprises 27 hectares (66 acres) and involves the construction of ground based photovoltaic (solar) panels, and a number of small buildings housing equipment that will allow the energy generated to be fed into the national grid.
The application considered by the Planning Committee on 24 September 2013 is the second application by IB Vogt Solar Ltd for a Solar Farm at the site. The previous application, which was twice the size, was recommended for refusal but withdrawn in February 2013 before the application was considered by the Planning Committee.
The permitted plan includes enhancements to the landscape in order to lessen the visual impact and the planting of native hedgerows and a mix of wildflowers on grassland areas.
Councillor Nick Walker, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said: "Fareham Borough Council is committed to protecting the environment. Having considered and balanced all relevant planning issues, it is considered the proposal would provide a valuable contribution towards renewable energy. The development will last for 25 years, after which the land can be returned to arable farmland."
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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