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Plans for second solar farm near Penryn despite public opposition

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

Objectors say another solar farm would create an 'industrial landscape'

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PLANS for a second solar farm near Penryn have been submitted despite widespread public objections.

Antigua Solar Limited made the application for the 16-acre installation – the size of almost 10 football pitches – in December at Edgcumbe between Helston and Penryn.

If followed a public consultation meeting at Edgcumbe Methodist Church Hall in August, when 65 out of 70 people registered their opposition to the plans.

The meeting was attended by 96 people, including parish and Cornwall councillors as well as residents.

Cornwall Councillor for Crowan and Wendron, Loveday Jenkin, said an application for wind turbines in the same area was refused on the grounds that it would turn the area – where there was an existing solar farm – into an ‘industrial landscape.’

I am concerned about the cumulative impact of a number of structures on land that should be used for farming,” she said.

“That is one of the issues that needs to be taken into consideration with this planning application.

“One resident (in Edgcumbe) referred to it as a ‘grey sludge spreading across the landscape’.

“Their main outlook is on the solar panels and if there were more it would completely take up all the green from their outlook.”

The proposed 6.5 hectare development at Butteriss Farm is for solar photovoltaic panels and associated works, including security fencing and cameras.

The site is 750 metres south of Rame and 600 metres east of Edgcumbe and adjacent to the existing solar farm, Little Trevease.

The proposed development sits 140 metre east of the A394, the main road between Falmouth and Helston.

The planning application document said: “The land is not currently in any agricultural use, being rough grassland used for the production of haylage and some horse grazing.”

The construction of Antigua Solar Farm is expected to take four months. The operational

phase of the solar farm is 25 years.

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