A CONSULTATION event has been arranged to discuss proposals for a huge solar panel development in Flintshire.
Compton Group is planning to put up about 180,000 solar panels on a 90 hectare site near Weighbridge Road in Sealand. It would be the biggest solar park in Great Britain.
However, the controversial application has come under fire from community councillors opposed to the plan after they described the land north of the A538 as “the bread basket of North Wales” due to its agricultural importance.
A spokesman for the Swansea-based Compton Group said: “Both the UK and Welsh governments have committed to significantly reducing CO2 emissions and solar parks are vital in meeting these targets and providing a sustainable source of renewable energy that reduces the reliance on fossil fuels.”
They say the solar park, which would lie close to Shotwick Lane Sailing Club, would create enough green electricity from the sun to power about 11,000 households.
Compton Group is holding a public drop-in session to provide details of the
proposed scheme and to gain feedback from the local community prior to the submission of a planning application to Flintshire County Council.
Councillors have previously dismissed the idea as lunacy however, citing the potential loss of about 100 jobs on the land used to supply supermarkets across the region with vegetables.
Cllr Norman Jones has said: “We would be taking the bread basket of North Wales of the area and that would be a disaster.
“It is grade one agricultural land and to lose it would be sacrilege.
“I don’t object to solar panels because they are a good source of renewable energy.
“But to take away this parcel of land would be complete and utter lunacy and would jeopardise people’s jobs.”
Last month community councillors rebuffed an invitation made by Pegasus Group, acting on behalf of Compton Group, to meet and discuss the proposal on the grounds that it did not fit in with the usual application process.
The consultation event is being held at Quay Building in Fron Road, Connah’s Quay,
on Wednesday, October 23 between 2pm and 8pm.