Chair Dawn Hancock,
Cllr’s Panton, Page, Cllr M. Macklin, Mr G. Heaton, Mr B. Hancock together with
the Clerk S. Harrison.
from Cllr Arthurs and Tyldesley.
No: 15/00949/FUL, Installation of arrays of 1.8m high PV panels, underground
cabling, inverter and switchgear cabinets, 2 substations, 1.9m high security
fencing, 4m high CCTV masts and construction of an access point and internal
roads to form a solar farm at land South of Cinderbarrow Lane, Priest Hutton,
Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 1JH.
Chair Hancock talked
at length about the Planning Application and the implications if it were to be
passed. Nothing of any geological interest which could affect the land being
used for solar panels has been found and there was no evidence of any protected
species on the site. Chair Hancock displayed photographs of the proposed site
which Livos Energy had taken. There are line drawings but no photomontage
images. No photograph has been taken from the pump at Yealand Road. This widely
used public place would have a direct view to the proposed development and as
Chair Hancock said as Yealand Conyers lies on higher ground so any hedging
around the site would make little difference to the visual impact. The A.O.N.B
are going to send an independent response to this application.
Everyone present felt
that the presence of these solar panel farms and wind turbines would lead to a
cumulative effect. There are applications for other wind turbines/ solar panel
farms in the immediate area – Green Dragon Farm, Deerslet Farm, M6 Motorway
Services, Catch 23 Café and Cinderbarrow. Cllr Macklin asked are these in line
with Lancaster City Council Planning Policy.
Cllr Page asked would
the hedging obscure the solar panels but from Yealand Conyers it wouldn’t make
any difference as Yealand Conyers lies on higher ground. The panels are
blue/black and non-reflective but there are concerns that the panels could
possibly be reflective at certain times of the day.
Mr Heaton was unhappy with regard to the
shortness of the notice of the meeting that Livios Energy gave and he felt that
it hadn’t been well advertised, this meeting was prior to the Planning
Application being put in. Chair Hancock also queried what community benefit
Yealand Conyers would receive as she said it will affect our communities and
Livios said they had some money set aside which could be used to benefit the
village and they were happy to discuss the money being used towards projects
such as obtaining a defibrillator, solar panels for the village Hall. There was
discussion about true community benefit. Mr Heaton suggested that should
permission be granted, a donation running for the length of the project should
Cllr Tyldesley who is
pro renewable energy was concerned as she felt not enough thought has been given
to the visual impact of the panels. She also felt that photomontage pictures of
the panels should have been provided.
Cllr Arthurs felt that
the negative visual impact on this area of outstanding beauty will be appalling
and will have a detrimental impact on the surrounding villages both from a
residential and business/ tourism point of view. One of the main purposes why
people visit this region is for the unspoilt views. She has concerns over the
environmental impact of these units whilst they are being put in place and while
they are in their long term location. Cllr Arthurs queried how much electricity
the site will potentially generate and is concerned it will not be as much as
people are lead to believe. Will the site generate any permanent jobs in the
The landowner would
receive £10,000 a year from having the solar panels on his land, Mr Heaton asked
who owns Livios Energy and Cllr Macklin suggested should we ask for a delay in
the Planning Application but Chair Hancock said she would prefer to send in our
objections. Mr Heaton said one of the reasons they have chosen this area is
because of the location of the primary sub station at Hilderstone Lane.
Chair asked the Clerk
to contact Sue Sykes City Counsellor and ask her to look at the application and
Chair Hancock said she
would write a piece for the newsletter encouraging people to give their views
and a Publicity notice will be put on our notice board and Parish website.
All present indicated what points they
wished to be included in the report to the City Council. The Chair agreed to
write a report and also offered to speak at the Planning Committee meeting.