Plans for a solar farm in Belton have been further delayed after Robin Hood Airport called for an official report into potential dangers to pilots.
The 2.04 mega watt ground mounted solar Photovoltaic system in Green Lane is on the back burner after airport chiefs requested feedback on the potential dangers to pilots from glare created by solar panels.
In December the airport’s managing director, Steve Gill, confirmed the airport’s concerns about the proposed scheme and had asked for a comprehensive analysis and an assessment including a safety case and risk assessment to be carried out to ensure that the panels would not endanger aircraft safety or cause dazzle or distraction. He also stressed the need for passenger safety.
Residents objecting to the scheme have been supported by Isle MP Andrew Percy and local Councillors Liz Redfern and David Robinson (pictured) who have asked for the application to be heard by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee. Planning officers at North Lincolnshire council have indicated that it could be the Autumn before the application was presented to the committee.
Andrew Percy said: “I have been working with residents for a few months now on this application and I have formally objected to these proposals on their behalf. They are rightly concerned about the impact that this application could have on their homes and the rural landscape of the area.
“The Government has strengthened new guidance to local authorities about solar development, it clearly states that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities.”
Coun Liz Redfern said: “I have always feared that this sort of application could change our area in a negative way for many years to come. I am pleased that this application will be heard by the planning committee.”
Coun David Robinson added: “This is very frustrating for residents, however this objection could be useful if it strengthens the case against this application.”
A spokesman for Robin Hood Airport said: “We have requested a professional report to indicate any potential risk to pilots from possible glare created by the solar panels. We are currently waiting on this report and are unable to comment further until it has been received.”