Peterborough City Council‘s cabinet are reported to be set to investigate a potential solar farm project at America Farm and recommend two other schemes at Newborough Farm and Morris Fen are cancelled.
On 23 February, the Tory cabinet will be asked to continue to investigate the potential for a solar power project on a site at America Farm.
Recent developments regarding the agricultural use of local land and scale of the project suggest the America Farm scheme could still be viable, but further investigation is needed.
In October 2014 it was announced two schemes at Newborough Farm and Morris Fen should be cancelled after the government withdrew support for large scale solar projects.
It seems the council has now established that the business cases for these two schemes do not add up.
In light of government funding changes, and in response to local opposition, Cabinet is now requesting the two schemes be cancelled and corresponding planning applications withdrawn.
Reports from the Town Hall say that further “….consideration of the America Farm scheme has established a project could be viable, subject to an upgrade of the electrical infrastructure close to site. Three proposals regarding the grid connection from UK Power Networks, Centrica and Green Energy Parks will be reviewed to establish the costs involved and ultimate viability of the scheme.”
The Tory cabinet member for street scene, waste management and communications, said: “We are asking scrutiny to look into the costs of upgrading the local infrastructure to see if we can make the scheme work.”
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