Bath & North East Somerset Council approved a plan by TGC Renewables to build a 12 acre solar farm on agricultural land in Farmborough, off Chelwood Road, Near Marksbury on the edge of Hunstrete
8,220 solar modules were installed on gantries driven into the ground up to a depth of 1.5 metres and the arrays are expected to remain there for at least 25 years
The field was used to grow rapeseed
These arrays will help Bath and North East Somerset Council to meet just two per cent of its target for renewable energy generation
Marksbury Parish Council objected to the scheme in principle citing concerns about the visual impact in the green belt area as well as the access route for construction vehicles. Bath and North East Somerset Council disregarded these objections.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has approved a separate site at Chelwood in close proximity. It does not take a great deal of imagination to see the possibility of these sites merging into one mega-site at some time in the future, in the absence of effective opposition.