In a significant advance on its Climate Emergency Declaration, Hart District Council approved two major planning applications for solar farms, which will be capable of powering around 30,000 homes, equating to about two thirds of the homes within Hart district.
The Council has given planning permission for the solar farms, one in North Warnborough and the other in Rotherwick, both of which will make a significant contribution to the amount of renewable power provided to the National Grid.
Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “This is excellent news. As a local authority we have set our targets of being a carbon neutral authority by 2035 and a district as a whole by 2040. It’s important that we play our part in reducing the effects of climate change and this is a significant step in the right direction to achieve those targets and puts the district on a positive path. What a great decision to be made especially with it coinciding with the end of COP26.”
Cllr Alan Oliver, Chairman of the Planning Committee added: “I’m delighted that the planning committee was able to reach a decision on these applications. We are pleased to see this type of scheme come forward and will be encouraging other developers to take note and provide sustainable green applications going forward.
“This initiative also comes in the same week that the House of Commons approved the Environment Act. An element of the new Act will see biodiversity net gain introduced for new all developments, which we, as a local authority will support.”
For more information on these applications, please visit https://hart.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=140&MId=320&Ver=4