Plans passed for new solar farm in Chesterfield area
Plans for a new solar farm in the Chesterfield area have been approved.
It is set to be constructed on 65 hectares of agricultural land adjacent to Inkersall Road, Staveley, and operate for 40 years.
The company behind the proposal, Inkersall Solar Farm Ltd, submitted a planning application to Chesterfield Borough Council.
The application was granted conditional permission when members of the council’s planning committee met on Monday.
A planning officer’s report states: “It was estimated that the solar panels would generate 40MW capacity which is enough electricity to power approximately 13,291 homes and which represents a saving of approximately 9,852 tonnes of Co2 a year.”
However, the council received scores of objections to the application.
One said: “The proposed application for the gigantic solar farm is more like a village.
“The image from the consultants report suggests that it is larger than the combination of Inkersall and Middlecroft housing estates.
“The application has a huge visual impact on the area as it borders with the Trans Pennine Trail and peaceful surroundings of Poolsbrook Country Park.”
The officer's report states: “It’s accepted that there will be differences in opinion as to the extent of any visual and landscape impacts and concerns have been expressed on a number of occasions that the scheme is just too large and as a result has an impact on the local area which would be detrimental.
“On balance, it is concluded that the benefits of delivering a renewable energy scheme outweigh the harm and it is considered that the proposed development is acceptable in so far as impact in visual and landscape terms are concerned.”