AN APPLICATION for what could become the UK’s largest solar park has been submitted to Flintshire Council.
Pegasus Group, acting on behalf of Atem Solar Ltd, submitted plans for the controversial 109 hectare application which would see the massive solar park built on land in Deeside.
Should the plans get the green light, it’s anticipate the solar park will generate up to 45,000 mega watt hours of power annually, equating to the annual energy consumption of roughly 11,000 homes.
However the plans, which centre on prime farmland opposite Deeside Industrial Estate on the A548, have come under fire from councillors in Sealand who say the project would be better suited elsewhere.
Atem Solar hope to begin construction as early as this summer and would support up to 500 jobs during the construction phase and 27 direct employment roles.
A spokesman for Pegasus Group said: “The proposed solar park constitutes the installation and operation of photovoltaic panels.
“Key issues will include visual impact, site security and ecological impact.
“Full assessments have been carried out by qualified professionals and the reports were submitted alongside the planning application.
“Atem Solar Ltd is also proposing to implement a planting and biodiversity management plan around the solar arrays to include measures to ensure a richer habitat for wildlife.”
The developed area of the solar park would cover approximately 94 hectares of the application site.
The application also includes plans for transformer stations, internal access track, electricity sub-station, landscaping, fencing, security measures, access gate and ancillary infrastructure.
If approved, Atem Solar Ltd would provide £1.25m toward local skills and training.
But Sealand councillor Norman Jones has previously spoken out against the proposal: “This is planned for Grade II agricultural land which is unacceptable.
“There are vast areas on the industrial estate and in other parts of Deeside that could be better suited to the project.
“There is a Welsh company working that land at the moment which supports more than 60 jobs and grows vegetables that go to supermarkets all over Wales.”
People are able to comment on the application listed on at www.flintshire.gov.uk until March 27.
The matter could be discussed by Sealand Community Council at its March 17 meeting which takes place in Sealand County Primary School from 6pm.