A second solar ‘farm’ approved for Swimbridge

Joseph Bulmer

Council grants permission for 124 panel array on land near the village.

NORTH Devon Council has approved plans for an array of 124 photovoltaic solar panels on land near Swimbridge.

The scheme at Witham is the second application near the village to be approved by North Devon Council planners – last week the Gazette reported permission had been granted for 174 panels at nearby Higher Kerscott Farm.

It has been estimated the Witham array would generate some 127 per cent of the property’s electricity needs, with the remainder being fed back into the national grid.

As with other solar applications, planning permission stipulates the panels are removed after a maximum of 25 years.