Plans to build Tameside's first solar farm

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Plans to build Tameside’s first solar farm have been unveiled.



Green Energy UK says it is looking at part of a 25-acre former landfill site in Hyde.

It has submitted an initial application to the council to see whether it would need an environmental assessment before proceeding with any plans. If eventually given the go-ahead, the farm would use solar panels to generate electricity.

The Dunkirk Farm site to the west of the junction of M67 and Dukinfield Road in Hyde, was formerly home to a rubbish tip. It was sold to Landcare (Manchester) Ltd, which is now working with Cheshire-based Green Energy on the plans.

Neil Banks, Green Energy’s operations manager, said the plans are at a ‘very early stage of development’. Mr Banks added: “The government is putting huge pressure on developers to build solar energy farms on brownfield sites and commercial rooftops.

“If a community member has other areas that they think might be feasible then we will happily listen and investigate.”

Hyde resident Cath Shaw has raised concerns that the panels could be fitted on a site which is partly greenbelt land.

She wants the site to be reverted back to the woodland it once was. She said: “Originally, Dunkirk Farm was an ancient woodland and there still is a lot of woodland at the farm and the surrounding area – and this is where they want to build.

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