|Lark Energy imports most of its |
solar panels from China
You could be forgiven for thinking this relates to the Peterborough City Council mega solar farm currently the subject of a compulsory dig for archaeological objects but the only link is that Cllr Marco Cereste heads up Lark Energy and by coincidence heads up the Peterborough City Council, affectionately known by the PBROTRIB as the 'dear leader'.
It seems that the Secretary of State has given Waveney District Council a thumbs up, and thrown out the Lark Energy appeal to the Planning Inspector. (There is a Sun God!) The items of interest to Peterborough residents are highlighted below.
It is not for us to suggest if Lark Energy are in fact writing PCC solar plans (or horrors council officers writing Lark Energy blurbs ?????) but some of the text generated by Lark Energy has seemingly appeared in the mountain of PCC public documents...
It also neatly outlines the process still open to all objectors. PBROTRIB also notes that the 'missed Opportunity' Peterborough omnishambles has invited Lark Energy to pitch at a breakfast :
Lark Energy Response to Secretary of State's Decision on Ellough Solar Farm
On 16th October 2013, the Secretary of State overturned the Planning Inspector's decision to grant planning permission for Lark Energy's proposed 24MWp solar farm at Ellough in Suffolk. This follows Lark Energy's earlier appeal against Waveney District Council's refusal to grant planning permission for the project. It does not, however, affect the subsequent planning permission granted to Lark Energy for a smaller 14MWp project on part of the same site.
Jonathan Selwyn, Lark Energy's Managing Director, said: "We are surprised and disappointed that the Secretary of State has chosen to overturn the decision reached by the Planning Inspector following his due consideration of all the issues at a planning enquiry.
This is a carefully designed project using predominantly low grade agricultural land on a former World War II airfield. It sits adjacent to a substantial industrial area, including a large turkey factory, and was supported by a large majority of the local community with whom we consulted.
The project is entirely consistent with the Government's new 'planing [SIC] practice guidance for renewable and low carbon energy' which was published after the public enquiry concluded. It is also consistent with the Solar Trade Association's '10 Commitments', a voluntary industry code of practice for solar development.
We will now be consulting with our advisors to determine what action, if any, we may take in response to this decision."
We'll keep you posted, as it won't be in the Town Hall Pravda....
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