Knockback for 44MW UK PV plan

Plans for a 44MW solar farm in Wiltshire, Southwest England have been rejected over concerns about its scale and visual impact – despite a local planning officers' recommendation supporting the scheme.

Developer Sandridge Solar Power – a partnership between Renewable Power, EnvironGauge and Notus Energy – is planning to appeal the decision.

It submitted the application to Wiltshire Council for a solar farm to the east of Melksham that would have the capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 12,000 homes.

The plant would be towards the top end of the scale of PV developments in the UK, currently a hotbed of solar activity.

Melksham Without Parish Council, Melksham Town Council and Bromham Parish Council all voted in favour of the solar farm, with only Seend Parish Council voting against, although Seend village lies farthest from the site.

The project has not received any objections from statutory consultees, including Natural England, English Heritage and the Environment Agency, as it complies with national and local planning policy and guidelines, claims Sandridge.