Solar plans for grain firm set for green light

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Belford-based Coastal Grains Ltd is set to get permission for 132 solar panels despite objections from the parish council.

The ground mounted panels would be located on land north of the sub-station on the industrial estate.

All the electricity would be utilised on site, helping to reduce energy costs and Co2 emissions.

Belford Parish Council has objected due to safety concerns over the close proximity of the public footpath and the potential loss of employment land for future commercial and industrial development.

But Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee is being recommended to approve the application on Thursday.

Hannah Brumfitt, planning officer, said: “The proposed panels would not have an impact on the safety of pedestrians and is not located within an area allocated for employment land.”

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