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Plans for more solar panels on outskirts of Melksham
3:56pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Wiltshire's countryside could soon be getting another new solar farm, following a proposal for a 165-acre installation east of Melksham.
Plans for the major new site will be presented to the public later this month.
Permission for a smaller farm has already been accepted in Broughton Gifford, on the opposite side of town, with another also waiting for approval in the village north of Melksham Road.
A similar application has also been made for a 10-hectare farm at the former Viridor landfill site in Westbury, while plans for a 14-hectare farm near Box will be discussed by Corsham Town council on Wednesday.
Residents in Calne have recently raised concerns over an 18.9 hectare site proposed near the Foxham Valley, which they believe will spoil views of the countryside.
The site earmarked for the new Melksham array is east of the town, and south of the A3102, a quarter of a mile from the nearest residential property.
Sandridge Solar Farm, the company behind the bid claims the facility could generate enough electricity for 12,000 houses, equivalent to all the properties in the town.
If approved, the solar farm would be built within four months, and would remain in place for 26 years.
Sheep will still be able to graze on the field around the panels, although their number will have to be reduces, and the land will be returned for grazing once the 26-year lease has ended.
A meeting will take place at the town hall on October 23, where plans for the installation will be presented, from 3-8pm.
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