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Tean: Solar farm set to go before planning chiefs

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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PLANS to build a huge solar farm to generate renewable electricity at Tean have been recommended for approval.

The 56-acre photovoltaic panel development, planned for Lower Newton Farm, Draycott Road, Tean, would comprise approximately 47,300 solar panels mounted in tables across 23 hectares of, at present, cultivated agricultural land.

The tables of panels, 4.1 metres wide, would be laid out in a geometric grid of parallel rows, tilted at 25 degrees to face south and electricity generated would be exported to the National Grid, for which the connection would be underground.

The application predicts that the solar farm would generate 11.5MWh per annum, reducing carbon emissions by 5,680 tonnes per annum and equalling the typical consumption of 3,480 households.

A final decision on the application will be made by members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee tomorrow.

In recommending approval of the application, planning officer Arne Swithenbank said: "There would be glimpses of the development from the fast moving A50.

"The site would be very clearly seen, if relatively fleetingly, from passing trains.

"A public footpath right of way passes through the proposal area, and numbers of other public rights of way would afford views of the site, particularly from the land area to the south and south-west.

"The site is otherwise remarkably set apart.

"Few properties would have close views of the site with the closest found to be Paynsley Hall Farm.

"Some isolated properties to the south and south-west would have views of the site."

Following consultation a statement from Draycott in the Moors Parish Council said: "Given lengthy and careful consideration this proposal raised no objections and all thought that it was a well-planned, innovative use of this particular piece of land."

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