New bid for major solar farm lodged – weeks after refusal

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Fresh plans for a major solar farm near a rural Fylde village have been submitted – just months after similar proposals were rejected.

Energy company Pegasus has applied to Fylde Council for a five megawatt (mw) solar farm near land north of Moss Side Lane between Moss Side and Wrea Green.

Plans for a solar on land between Moss Side and Wrea Green in Fylde

Plans for a solar on land between Moss Side and Wrea Green in Fylde

The latest plans could see close to 20,000 solar panels installed.

In February, plans for a 16mw project were thrown out by councillors, who raised concerns about the visual impact the 38 hectare site would have on the landscape.

The new project is close to 10 hectares in size, with the applicant, Solar Park Developments Ltd, saying the scheme will power more than 1,500 homes, as well as save 2,150 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

But John Rowson, of Community Association for the Protection of Wrea Green (CAPOW), said he had mixed views on the plans.

John Rowson

John Rowson

He told The Gazette: “It is far, far better than the previous scheme.

“But there is a lack of information in the planning documents about alternative brown field sites where this could be built and we are losing some of our best and most versatile agricultural
 land. I also have flooding concerns.”

But in a planning statement submitted to Fylde Council by Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of Solar Park Developments Ltd, it said previous concerns about the proposals had now been addressed.

The statement said: “It is considered that the revised scheme addresses the refused reasons associated
 with the original application.

“The revised scheme is contained within the north eastern proportion of the original application area which benefits from established boundary hedgerow and contains the highest proportion of low grade agricultural
 land. Furthermore, by virtue of the scheme’s significant reduction in size and land take, impacts upon the landscape and rural character of the area are significantly reduced.”