Plans for 67 solar panels up for debate

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 June 2018

Planning permission is being sought for solar panels in Digswell. Picture: Harry Hubbard

Planning permission is being sought for solar panels in Digswell. Picture: Harry Hubbard

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A planning application for 67 solar panels will be decided upon at a Welwyn Hatfield Council meeting next week.

Applicants Mr and Mrs Kemplar have applied to Welwyn Hatfield Council for permission to put the panels on a meadow they own, next to the site where a new house is being built.

The electricity generated would be used to power the new house on land in Harmer Green Lane, Digswell.

The panels would be placed in two rows, one of 40 metres and another of 32 metres, and they would be connected to the new house by an underground cable.

The site lies within the Green Belt and Landscape Character Area (Tewin) as designated in the Welwyn Hatfield District Plan 2005.

Planning officers have recommended that the proposal is refused by councillors on the grounds that it would be “considered to be inappropriate in the Green Belt”.

They added: “Additional harm would be caused by the resulting encroachment of an incongruous built form into the countryside.”

The Welwyn Hatfield Council Development Management Committee is due to take place on Thursday, June 21.

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