The Proposed Development

This planning application relates to some amendments being sought to aspects of a previously approved solar farm on land at Carn Nicholas Farm, Bonymaen, Swansea, SA1 7BL.

The permission for the solar farm includes a cable route from the solar arrays to a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) substation. During preparations to build out the permitted solar farm, a water pipeline was identified in the location where the substation was to be built.

As a result, the location of the substation has had to alter. This has had a knock-on effect to the way in which a stand of Japanese Knotweed near the substation is to be treated. Consequently, the planning area needed now extends beyond the application area of the consented scheme, and a new planning application is required.

This application covers these elements, and also seeks approval for a minor adjustment to the cable route to avoid a “dog-leg” around a field edge. The total application area is small, just over 1 hectare.

The application does not affect any other elements of the approved scheme and is necessary to enable the approved solar farm to be built and contribute renewable energy for Swansea.

The delivery of renewable energy projects, such as solar farms, will play a key role in reducing the need for energy derived from fossil fuels, helping Wales to meet its target for the reduction of carbon emissions.

We have uploaded the draft plans and documents produced to support the planning application to the Documents Library on this website. Any comments that you may have regarding the proposed development are welcomed, and the easiest way to do this is via the feedback form on this website.

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