Sunshine field wins backing

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A TEN acre solar farm is to be created on a greenfield site owned by a South Yorkshire haulage firm.

John Fillingham Services has been granted planning permission for the project on land it owns at Hellaby, Rotherham, to provide electricity to the company and potentially sell surplus electricity to the National Grid.

Work has started at the site and is set to be finished within the next few months. There will be 20 south-facing solar panels varying between three and five feet in height.

South Yorkshire Campaign to Protect Rural England has backed the project, although it is in green belt land. A spokesman said: “CPRE South Yorkshire is keen to support projects that produce clean, renewable energy and don’t harm our landscapes. Although Hellaby is part of Rotherham’s green belt you won’t be able to see the panels from many places because of the undulating landscape around there.

“Plus, the field is screened by high hedges to the north, south and west and a lorry park to the east.”