Plans for solar farm at Cameron

Consultants are looking at the possibility of creating a solar farm at Cameron.

Consultants are looking at the possibility of creating a solar farm at Cameron.

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Plans for a solar farm at Cameron are to be presented at a public meeting in the village next month.

Locals will have a chance to put questions to AAH Planning Consultants, who are presently seeking opinion from Fife Council.

The presentation will take place at the next meeting of Cameron Community Council, on May 20, in the Parish Hall, at 6.30pm.

A planning application has been lodged with Fife planners for a 6.5mw, ground-mounted PV solar farm.

Under the plans, the development would cover about 51 acres and involve up to 22,000 panels south of Cameron Reservoir.

Each panel –1.65m long and 1m wide – would be installed at angles of 20 and 30 degrees on top of their mountings.

There would also be three prefabricated buildings to house transformers .

An access road would be built to allow maintenance vehicles reach the site and panels.

Council officials say the solar panels would be visible from the public road nearby and neighbouring housing.

Visual impact, they add, could be reduced by buffer zones and by planting hedges.

While the proposal could have an impact on the surrounding area in terms of visual amenity, that was not in itself a reason to request an environmental impact assessment, point out the planners.

The consultants did not believe that an EIA was required because the environmental effects “would not be so great as to warrant one”.

AHH added: “There are a number of hedgerows and intermittent trees located adjacent to the site and the relatively low nature of the proposed solar farm, compared to other forms of renewable energy development, should ensure that visual impacts (and other effects) will be limited.”

Council officials have determined that no environmental impact assessment is required.

Agricultural land could remain for grazing and the development was reversible, add the planners.

“It is therefore considered, on balance, that an EIA is not required in this particular case.”