Anger grows over solar park plan in North Mymms Green Belt

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 October 2013

A solar park

A solar park

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Plans for a huge solar panel park in North Mymms have come under attack – before an application is submitted.

An 82-acre development is being planned by developers Camborne Energy Investments Ltd alongside the A1(M) between Welham Green and North Mymms.

And although a planning application is yet to be submitted, residents have already come out against the plans, saying the development will impact negatively on the Green Belt.

Letters against the development have been submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council.

One from North Mymms District Green Belt Society said the park would “destroy the openness of the Green Belt for a huge area”.

Other letters complain that public footpaths and bridleways would be damaged by the development.

Hertfordshire County Council has also said it is not keen on the potential park.

Dawn Grocock, a countryside access officer, wrote: “We object to the application as the security fences and access to the site will have a negative impact on the public rights of way in the area.”

The response continued: “Therefore if the routes are fenced in, to cope with this high level of use and to safely allow all user types to pass, wider grass verges each side of the surface paths would be required.

“We would not want to see the public right of way’s surface or character change.”

This comment will be attached to the company’s planning application when they submit it.

This week it also emerged that developers will need to complete an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), to determine whether the site would be damaging to the environment.

As reported in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, a pre-planning proposal was submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council for an 82-acre solar panel park.

Developers had asked the council if it would be necessary to apply for an EIA to accompany a potential future planning application for a site bordering the A1(M) between Welham Green and North Mymms.

To view the documents visit http://publicaccess.welhat.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=S6/2013/1570/EI


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