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Norfolk solar farm plans delayed after rare curlews found at site

Norfolk Live|Ashlea Hickin & Noah Vickers |October 8, 2022
United Kingdom (UK)Impact on BirdsZoning/PlanningPhotovoltaic Solar

Plans to build a 100-acre solar farm on Norfolk countryside near Hunstanton have been deferred after curlews were discovered in the area. 


The birds are considered "vulnerable"
 
Plans to build a 100-acre solar farm on Norfolk countryside near Hunstanton have been deferred after curlews were discovered in the area. The West Norfolk Borough Council planning committee has been due to make their decision on October 3, whether to permit an application to lay down 31,800 solar panels on three fields off the Fring Road at Sedgeford near Hunstanton.
 
But the decision has now been delayed, after the Wash Wader Research Group recorded curlews in the area – and flagged the discovery up with the RSPB. As the birds are a protected species, officers recommended that the application be deferred, to give the solar developer a chance to investigate the discovery and potentially adapt their plans.
 
Curlews are now considered to be “vulnerable” on the European red list, meaning that the species face a high risk of extinction.
 
The committee’s Conservative chair, Vivienne Spikings, said: “We do know how protected they are – they have a great priority because there’s so few of them.”
 
She agreed that the item be deferred, which the committee supported. The next planning committee meeting is on November 7.

Source:https://www.norfolklive.co.uk…

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