New solar park given green light near Hailsham

solar panels at another site
solar panels at another site

A solar park planned for land near Hailsham has been given the green light by Wealden District Council.

The solar park will be built on land at Natwood Farm, Polegate Road, and will generate 8.8megawatts of electricity.

It is the third solar panel farm given approval in the South Wealden area, with one recently agreed in Ripe and another approved in Berwick.

The solar park will cover 16.5 hectares of land (41 acres) and developer Haymaker Energy said consideration had been taken to minimise any detriment to the landscape and wider visual amenity.

Transformers will also be constructed in small buildings on the site which would collect the power generated before it is transferred to the national grid.

The application was approved subject to a number of conditions. This included the solar panels not exceeding 2.4 metres in height to control the visual impact of the site.

Work will not begin until the developer has submitted a contruction method statement which will include details of the measures to be taken to minimise dust and mud from the development and methods to reduce the effects of construction noise.

Construction of the site can only take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 1pm on Saturday and no time on Sunday or bank holidays. Outside these hours only emergency works can take place.

Deliveries to the site are also limited to between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.

No name, sign, symbol or logo should be displayed on the external surfaces of the solar panels.

The site will not be brought into use until an archaeological site investigation has taken place to safeguard anything of historical interest.To view the application and decision notice visit the council’s website and search WD/2014/0153/MAJ.