Solar farm will fund Christ’s Hospital school

Christ's Hospital School SUS-150508-121047001
Christ's Hospital School SUS-150508-121047001

Councillors gave planning permission for a solar farm which will generate funds for Christ’s Hospital school.

Horsham District Council’s Development Control North Committee on Tuesday (September 8) voted for building the 2.5 hectare farm with fencing on a field south of the independent school.

A planning document stated the farm would generate a quarter of the school’s annual energy requirements during the summer over its 30-year life span.

Bursar Keith Willder MBE said it would help the school offer more financial assistance and set an example of sustainability for pupils.

Members heard the development would be well screened from nearby countryside footpaths.

The photo-voltaic panels would be fixed to the ground with a pole without the need for a concrete base.

They would be built on ‘low value’ agricultural land which would continue to be used for grazing.

A planning officer said the scheme by Southern Solar Ltd would involve four vehicle movements per month from its entrance off Two Mile Ash Road, Southwater.

Historic England said it was unlikely the scheme would have a significant impact on listed buildings which were some 200m away.

Planning officers recommended the application for approval.

A planning document stated the proposal had significant benefits for large scale generation of renewable energy, which was supported by national and local plan policies.

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