Great light for Doncaster countryside solar farm

Solar panels at a farm
Solar panels at a farm

Plans for a 980 panel solar farm on countryside land in Doncaster were given the green light at a planning meeting.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee gave the development at Oaktree Farm, Oak Lane, Sykehouse, the go ahead despite being classed as ‘an inappropriate form of development in the countryside’.

A document discussed at the meeting says: “On balance, the benefits of the scheme in terms of renewable energy provision outweigh the harm to the countryside.”

The application sought planning permission for a 249.9 Kilowatt peak solar farm comprising 980 solar panels covering an area of 0.22 hectares of field.

The development will use the renewable source to create electricity to power the farm business with any additional distributed to the local grid.

The farm supplies major supermarkets with crops and livestock and the development is part of a leading supermarket’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint along the supply chain.

The 980 solar panels will be attached to a fixed ground mounted steel system standing 2.2 metres high.

The report considered by councillors adds: “There is clearly a need to carry out a balancing exercise of the benefits that the scheme will bring, against any harm that it would cause.

“In this case the renewable power created versus the harm to the countryside by reason of inappropriateness and any other harm.

“The proposal would cause some harm to the countryside by reason of inappropriateness and because of the reduction in openness it would involve.

“There would however, be a limited degree of visual harm to the landscape and the proposal would be well screened by the proposed hedging.”