Site regeneration specialist St Mowden has requested planning permission to develop a 10MW solar farm on the site of a former BP petrochemical plant.

St Mowden has submitted the plans to Neath Port Talbot council to construct the farm on the site at Baglan Energy Park, just off the M4 near Baglan Bay.

The site will consist of approximately 40,000 panels and an associated substation, perimeter fencing, a communications tower, inverter stations, CCTV security cameras and lighting.

Documents were received by the council early last month and notices at the site were left last week, beginning a consultation period which ends on 1 June. A decision for the site is expected on or before 30 June.

BP’s chemical plant at Baglan Bay was once one of the largest refineries in Europe, but was gradually closed between 1994 and 2004 after the fossil fuel giant refocused its strategy in the UK.