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Monthly Archives: November 2015

After the withdrawal of the original application in June, we have now submitted plans for a much smaller solar PV system which has been decided in conjunction and agreement with the Cornwall AONB Planning Officer. We now need YOUR support for our planning application, to help us make the farm more financially and environmentally sustainable and to allow visitors to enter and leave the farm safely.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP BY SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS APPLICATION

OR

  • emailing: planning@cornwall.gov.uk quoting PA15/0987 in the subject line and including your name and address with your comments

OR

  • by writing to: Planning Department, Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX

It’s very helpful to start your comment with “I support this application” so there is no confusion as sometimes comments have ended up beng listed as neutral or even objections when they are supporters.

[Please include your name and address with email or posted comments]

More details of our plans are below:

PLANNING APPLICATION (PA15/09837) FOR A 4KW SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AND IMPROVED ACCESS AT BOSAVERN COMMUNITY FARM, ST JUST.

This application is for planning permission to install 4kW of solar PV; create a new entrance from the main highway (B3306) into the farm and put in a small access gate at the rear of the site.

The original application (PA15/05399) for 50kW of solar PV panel to be installed along 90 metres of hedge in the middle southernmost field at Bosavern Community Farm was submitted in June. This was withdrawn after objections that the proposal site was too visible and would have caused an unacceptable level of visual impact on the landscape.

Key points of this revised application:

Domestic 4kW solar PV system
• To be sited along the northern hedge in the Market Garden field and so will be hidden from external public view by polytunnels and nearby trees.
• The new site was decided in conjunction and agreement with the Cornwall AONB Planning Officer.
• All local Town councillors have been invited to visit the proposed site and the two attending to date have not expressed objections to the plans.
• The farm is owned and managed for the public benefit by a Community Benefit Society with most of its members living locally. The members strongly support the use of renewable technologies at the farm, being part of the ethos of creating a sustainable farming model.
• The solar PV system will have an annual estimated generation capacity of 4283 kWh, approximately 40% of the farms annual use, and will save approximately 1,979kg CO²e per annum, over 50 tonnes over its lifetime. (DEFRA 2015 – Grid electricity 0.46213 kgCO2e/kWh)
• It’s estimated that the feed in tariff payments and savings from using on site a good percentage of the generated electricity from the solar PV, will reduce the fuel bills of the farm by £800-£1000 a year and so improve the long term financial viability of the farm.
• The farm as well as growing produce is a learning centre (e.g. school visits) and the having the solar PV system will allow it to show the benefits of renewable energy to the wider community.

Main Entrance
• This is needed on safety grounds as present access has very poor visibility for vehicles leaving the site due to its location.
• We would also like to reduce health & safety risks to volunteers, visitors and staff by restricting vehicle access through the working farmyard area to essential vehicles only.
• Following a site visit (December 2014) we were advised by the Highways Planning Officer where the new entrance in the Home field wall should be and also that we must reduce the height of the present wall to under 1m in height above the road surface. This is to increase visibility further for those leaving the site and also for drivers using the highway.

Further documents and maps are available at http://www.wc-cr.co.uk/bosavern-documents/

We have been shortlisted in both of the categories we entered in this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards –

  • Best Contribution Towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy, from Nature to Plate, and
  • Theme of 2015 – Best Contribution to Environmental Growth

Roll on 4th December when we will find out where we placed!

Read more about the awards here: http://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/news-by-industry/awards/sustainability-awards-shortlist-5-123

Take a look at  our video entry here:

Small veg box, 6th Nov 2015

Last Friday’s small veg box (£6) – a bag of mixed salad leaves, a kilo of potatoes, a head of celery, a “gem” squash, parsnip, peppers, and green chillies. The standard veg box (£10) also contained fresh coriander, tomatillos, rainbow chard and beetroot.

  • Planting tomatoes
    On Tuesday 18th April we planted our maincrop of tomatoes in Imogen polytunnel, being about 300 plants of about 15 varieties (including gardener's delight, sungold, chocolate cherry, costaluto di firentina, berner rose, yellow submarine, orange banana, quadro, ruby, galina, stupice and more). Some fruit has already set, showing that bumble bees have been active recently.Pinar […]
  • Veg boxes 21st April
    Small £6 veg box - the last of this season's parsnips, plus a swede, a kilo of potatoes, rainbow chard, mixed herbs (Vietnamese coriander, fennel, flat-leaf parsley, and oregano), and a lettuce.The standard £10 veg box contained all of the above plus some oriental greens, a bag of mixed salad leaves, and the first of […]
  • Chicken identification guide
    Bethany, who wwoofed with us here earlier in the month, produced this amazing piece of illustrative art during her time on the farm, and here it is for all to see - many thanks to Bethany for allowing us to publish her work on the farm blog.

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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