These are the latest project updates for Soay Solar Farm and Greener Grid park
We have carefully considered all feedback submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s consultation on our planning application as well as feedback from parish meetings.
We are delighted to make several changes to the plans, making sure that the proposals reflect community priorities.
The changes include:
Removal of panels near Warren Farm Cottages
As requested by residents, we have removed panels from field N2, which will remain available for agricultural use. This will further preserve the wellbeing of local residents in and around Warren Farm.
Moving of construction compound
The temporary construction compound for the solar farm has been moved 135m north, even further away from Warren Farm. This will now be more than 340m from the nearest residential property, minimising any disturbance to local people.
Amendment of construction access route
The proposed access route for construction and operation has been amended, as requested by local residents, so it will not pass close to properties at Warren Farm. Vehicles associated with the Development will no longer travel along the section of the Public Right of Way closest to Warren Farm
Removal of equipment close to power lines
At the request of National Grid, no above-ground infrastructure is now proposed within the maximum swing distance of overhead powerlines on the site, to ensure there are no barriers to maintenance.
Whilst unrelated to the design changes and not a material consideration for planning, improvements have been made to the community benefits package which was set out in the Community Benefit Statement previously submitted.
In addition to the first-year sum of £65,000 for community projects, an ongoing fund of
£20,000 per annum throughout the life of the project and will be made available starting from the second year of operation. This fund will be directed towards projects that support the transition to renewable energy, help to reduce fuel poverty and/or support the electrification of transport in the area.
A full list of amendments to the planning application can be downloaded from the ‘Planning Application Documents’ section.
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A website has been launched today to share details of an exciting new renewable energy project near Thornton, East Riding of Yorkshire.