MORE than 12,500 solar panels are set to be built on Deeside Industrial Park.
Construction of 12,680 panels on the site of Toyota manufactruing park has been given a conditional green light by Flintshire Council’s planning committee.
The development will begin providing Network Rail does not raise any concerns over the plan within two weeks as the Wrexham to Bidston rail line runs close by to the Toyota plant.
Observations on the site were given to councillors before the meeting which show the agent of the applicant, Toyota Manufacturing, had indicated that the national rail operators had not responded directly with their concerns but a document had been produced with a solution to any problems that may arise.
Plans for the construction of the panels were warmly greeted at the County Hall meeting with ward member Cllr Christine Jones saying the new panels would bring vital clean energy.
She said: “This is an industrial site and an industrial installation and the site is well for renewable energy.
“We need renewable energy and this is a great site for it.
“I’m just glad we can go ahead on this now.”
However, Cllr Richard Jones suggested the decision to approve the panels should possibly be paused to hear from Network Rail.
He said: “Perhaps we should wait until Network Rail come back to us on this.
“The agent is suggesting everything is fine but surely we have to wait for Network Rail’s response?”
Cllr Neville Phillips supported the views of his Buckley colleague.
He said: “We haven’t answered Network Rail.
“I’m all for the plan, 100 per cent, 110 per cent if you will, but a fair-minded person would wonder why we haven’t answered their concerns if we let this go through.”
As a result, it was proposed by Cllr Owen Thomas that the development goes ahead as originally suggested, unless issues are raised by Network Rail within 14 days.
Members voted unanimously in favour of that stance.