200 solar panels planned at historic Briercliffe farmhouse

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Plans to install 200 solar panels near to a historic home in Briercliffe have drawn objections from the Burnley Civic Trust.

The application, submitted by Gunther Schmitgen, is to instal 200 250 watt solar panels on land near his home – the 17th Century Grade II-listed Foulds House Farm off Halifax Road.

According to the application the solar panels are intended to provide a non-polluting and sustainable energy source to the applicant’s property, which will reduce use of fossil fuel and increase the energy efficiency of the property.

An application letter to Burnley Council says: “The selected site represents the applicant’s commitment to low carbon energy generation.

“The solar panels have been carefully located in order to mitigate the visual impacts upon the nearby listed building (Foulds House) which belongs to the applicant. The panels would be mounted onto an ‘A’ frame mounted system.”

But the plans have drawn concern from the Burnley Civic Trust which says it will object to the application.

Secretary Mr David Smith said: “We have objected to this proposal due to the fact it could set a precedent and this could be duplicated all over the place.

“The plan is to site the solar panels in a field, and therefore this could be easily extended.”

Foulds House Farm was built in the early 1600s and is one of the oldest homes in the borough.

The consultation period ends on March 12th.