[To consider the planning application]
The Committee considered a report regarding 20/00305/FUL - Erection of a solar farm comprising of 11.5ha of photo-voltaic panels, associated infrastructure, access road and battery storage and installation of boundary fencing and closed-circuit television security cameras.
Phillip Walker, Senior Planning Officer, reported that since the agenda had been published:
2. Responses had been received from Western Power and Cadent, both confirming they had no objections to the proposal.
Mr Kevin Stringer, Deputy CEO of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, addressed the Committee and spoke in support of the application.
Councillor Inston, Chair of Planning Committee, welcomed the application and moved the recommendations. Councillor Page commended the partnership work between the Local Authority and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, and seconded the recommendations.
In response to concerns regarding carbon balance due to the loss of tree and shrub coverage, Philip Walker, Senior Planning Officer stated that great consideration had been given to the matter and specialists had been consulted throughout. He confirmed that a Landscape Strategy Plan had been agreed and that the mitigation proposals were satisfactory. He further stated that there would be a biodiversity net gain.
In response to concerns regarding the contaminated ground at the site, the Senior Planning Officer assured members that the applicant had demonstrated satisfactorily that the development could be carried out without disturbing the contaminated ground.
Councillor Andrew Randle welcomed the application.
Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration to grant planning application 20/00305/FUL subject to:
1. No overriding objections from outstanding consultees.
2. Any necessary conditions to include:
· Retain existing landfill monitoring infrastructure and continue to provide access for the Environment Agency to this infrastructure