PLANS to site domestic solar panels in a field at Star Hall Farm, Weets Hill, Gisburn Old Road, Barnoldswick, have been submitted to Pendle Borough Council.

The application states that the panels will be sited in rough pasture next to the property and because of the topography, will not be visible from neighbouring properties.

The intention is that the panels, in three rows, will generate electricity for domestic use and to reduce 'reliance on the grid and use of fossil fuels for heating', it says in submissions to the council.

Cabling will be underground and there will be enough space between the panels to allow sheep to continue grazing.

It states: "The array will be erected facing south at a 35 degree angle to maximize solar irradiance throughout the year. The panels will be installed in three rows of a single panel height the front row screening the rear two rows."

Other applications received by the council for the West Craven area include: Prior approval application for the formation of an agricultural road at Turf Pit Gate Farm, Bracewell Lane, Bracewell; Demolition and replacement of rear outrigger and the erection of a single storey rear extension at 43 Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick; Erection of a two storey rear extension to provide additional accommodation at Booth Bridge Cottage Booth Bridge Lane, Thornton-in-Craven.