Plans for solar panels at Totally Wicked Stadium for St Helens can go ahead !
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Plans to install solar panels on the roof of the Saints’ stadium received the go-ahead after the board decided that prior approval was not required.
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An application for pre-approval to install 808 solar panels on the south-facing roof of the stadium’s south stand was sent to St Helens Council in November.
In the application, the pre-approval statement reads as follows: “This pre-approval application seeks approval from the local planning authority for the installation of a 404 kW solar equipment electricity generation system in non-domestic premises.
“In this case, the electricity generation system for the solar equipment will be installed on the south facing roofs of St Helens RLFC stadium, McManus Drive.”
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She added, “In this case, the location of the equipment is determined to minimize its impact on the external appearance of the building and the suitability of the area, and it will be removed as soon as practicable when it is no longer needed.”
She also said, “In this case, the installation would be on a commercial building located within a mixed-use commercial property. There are no residences nearby, and there are no land-use neighbors affected by the glare.”
St Helens Council has decided that prior approval is not formally required and installation can go ahead.
Planning officer Alex Ball said in a report that the slabs “would not have a significant negative impact” on the area.
The statement read: “The panels should be placed on the south slope facing the roof of the stadium.
“Because of the shallow slope of the roof, the panels are not likely to be easily visible from the ground and any distant views of the panels can be seen in the context of the stadium, superstore (Tesco Extra) and industrial building (Glassutures).
“Given the height of the stadium and its location, I am convinced that placing the shingles on the roof would not have a significant negative impact on the character or appearance of the area.
The decision notice states that no prior approval is required and installation can be carried out.
The development should be done in accordance with the details provided
– Solar photovoltaic equipment or solar thermal equipment should be, as far as practicable, to minimize its impact on the external appearance of the building and the comfort of the area
– Solar PV equipment or solar thermal equipment is removed as soon as practicable when no longer needed.
The Saints moved into the 17,980-capacity stadium, originally known as Langtree Park, in 2012.