Buxton Methodist Church hopes council sees the light over solar bid

Minister Andrew Parker and John Anfield of the building committee in front of the roof that Buxton Methodists hope to cover in solar pabels

Minister Andrew Parker and John Anfield of the building committee in front of the roof that Buxton Methodists hope to cover in solar pabels

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Buxton Methodist Church is once again looking to the heavens to save on its energy costs after resubmitting a planning application for solar roof panels.

High Peak Borough Council originally refused planning permission for the photovoltaic panels to generate renewable energy on the grounds they would impact on the conservation area of Higher Buxton due to their size and character.

But the church has submitted a Heritage Assessment Table which indicates the proposal will have no impact on the core heritage area including the Opera House, Dome and Palace Hotel and that any harm to the area’s heritage is very limited.

A church spokesman said: “The proposal will assist the methodist church in continuing and expanding its role as a focus of community life in the heart of the town.”

The church hopes the council will see the light and approve the resubmitted plans after the church has laid the benefits of the panels against any limited harm.

Buxton Methodist Church, on Chapel Street, argued the panels will help reduce running costs, secure the future of the church and its continued use by nearly 100 community groups as well as help to reduce carbon emissions.

The original application was for two blocks of 22 black PV panels on the roof facing Chapel Street, arranged in a way that will incorporate the shape of a cross.

The church also argued it has a long and proud tradition of championing community and environmental issues and working to address concerns.