Supplies Switched On In South Of Town First
Peterborough: Delay For Energy Park Plans
Controversial plans to create two energy parks on Peterborough farmland look likely to be put on hold.
Peterborough City Council is recommending there are more talks with farmers and residents about putting large numbers of solar panels at Morris Fen and Newborough.
A report would then be brought back in March.
However the authority plans to push ahead with a similar project at America Farm.
Peterborough City Council is facing a £19 million gap in its 2015/16 budget.
The idea behind the renewable energy parks would be to re-invest profits into frontline services.
The report, being presented to a meeting of Cabinet on 24 February, recommends that the America Farm project be taken to a planning committee for a decision.
This would be subject to the satisfactory resolution of a number of outstanding English Heritage issues, relating to archaeology.
The council says it is ''confident a solution can be found''.
The proposed ground mounted solar panels at America Farm would generate up to 7.2 megawatts of electricity every year, enough to power approximately 7,000 homes.
Last month, the council’s Scrutiny Commission for Rural Communities questioned the cost of the project and the likely financial returns.
The Council now says that revised figures, which will be discussed by Cabinet, show the America Farm scheme alone would make a profit of between £5.2 and £5.9 million over 25 years.
Councillor David Seaton, Cabinet Member for resources said: "The renewable energy project is vital for Peterborough.
In the coming years, we face a £19 million shortfall in our budgets. The income from the three schemes will help us protect vital council services.
But, we acknowledge that not everyone is convinced by the proposals. That’s why we’ve been listening carefully to all the feedback we’ve received.
Having further meetings with farmers and residents is the right thing to do. We want proposals that are acceptable to as many people as possible.
In the meantime, I hope the America Farm scheme can proceed to the next stage where we seek formal planning permission."
National Grid Continue To Switch Off Meters Before Gas Allowed Back On
5700+ Residents In Oundle Without Gas - Engineers From Around Country Investigating
Abellio has announced it will sell 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise to Japanese giant Mitsui.
Recently Played Tracks
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.