Impact on bird life is assessed for Hayling solar bid

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BIRD surveys are to be 
carried out to prepare for a proposed solar park on Hayling Island.

Hive Energy is considering setting up solar panels on a 46-acre site next to West Lane.

The site is part of Manor Farm and is on the east side of West Lane, with Daw Lane to the north.

The borough council has now asked the energy firm to do winter bird surveys to assess the likely impact on wildlife.

Tim Purbrick, Hive Energy’s commercial director, said: ‘Overall, we still remain very positive about the prospects for a solar park on this site on Hayling Island. When we have proper surveys to tell us how the birds are using the area, we’ll be able to work with the planning authority and consultees to determine the way forward.’

The earliest date for a planning application would be April next year.