PA13/08286: Proposed 6.2MW solar pv development, associated landscaping and habitat creation, to include ground based racking systems, mounted solar panels, power inverter stations, transformer stations, security fencing and CCTV security cameras: Land at Bunkers Hill, Pilgrims Way: Mr Chris Ivess-Mash
The Parish Council objects to this application because of:
1. the harm to the character and appearance of this stretch of countryside within a World Heritage Site, resulting from the size, slope and topography of the application site and its surroundings and the nature of the works associated with a solar farm;
2. the loss of a large amount of the best and most versatile agricultural land, including its agricultural productivity and employment;
3. the significant impact on the amenities of the immediately neighbouring residents;
4. the longevity of the proposal and consequently its harmful impacts as set out above; and
5. the cumulative harm and undesirable precedent which would arise from approving this application.
Taken together, the harm to these environmental, residential and heritage protections and the concerns of the local community are considered to over-ride the benefits of renewable energy generation from this proposal.
The application proposed would conflict with:
1. The Penwith Local Plan policies GD-1, GD-4, CC-1, CC-2, CC-15, CC-16 and CS-9;
2. Cornwall Local Plan policies 13(2), 15, 22, and 23(3); and
3. National Planning Policy Framework, Sections 7, 10, 11 and 12.
You indicated that the application would be decided by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee at its November or December meeting and I should be grateful if you would notify me when it will be considered as St Erth Parish Council may wish to speak at the meeting. Thank you.
You will have seen that the Parish Council has given this application especially careful and detailed scrutiny. You will also be aware of the unanimous opposition of the neighbours who would be affected and the applicant’s limited pre-application consultation in which the Parish Council was not involved at an early stage. St Erth Parish Council hopes that Cornwall Council will give weight to its objections in accordance with the Government’s July 2013 “Planning guidance for renewable and low carbon energy”.
However, if Cornwall Council is minded to approve this application, then the Parish Council requests that the following conditions be imposed:
1. a construction method statement;
2. removal of the solar farm after 40 years;
3. a decommissioning method statement;
4. working times for construction and decommissioning;
5. maximum noise levels for construction and decommissioning (measured at the façade of
any occupied dwelling);
6. details of the photovoltaic panels, other equipment and fences;
7. no permitted development works (e.g. future fencing or alterations to panels);
8. no external lighting;
9. a landscaping implementation and management scheme.
10. limitation on access point(s) to the solar farm;
11. an ecological mitigation plan and management scheme;
12. an archaeological mitigation plan and management scheme; and
13. a surface water disposal scheme.
Furthermore, the proposed Community Trust put forward by the applicant must be established (by way of a unilateral Section 106 undertaking or other suitable legal provision) following discussions with St Erth Parish Council before planning permission is granted.
Thank you for your consideration.
Clerk to the Council.
Mr Ellis Crompton-Brown
Planning and Regeneration Service,