Campaigners fight plans for a solar farm near Southam - The Leamington Observer

Campaigners fight plans for a solar farm near Southam

Leamington Editorial 20th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

CAMPAIGNERS are preparing to battle plans to build a solar farm near Southam.

TGC Renewables Ltd is looking to develop a solar energy farm – roughly the size of 17 football pitches – in countryside overlooking Bascote.

Although the company is yet to submit a formal planning application, a public consultation event is set to be held at Long Itchington Community Centre next Monday (March 23), between 3pm and 7pm

But the proposals have already been met by criticism from Bascote Residents Group, who say the farm – earmarked for ground alongside the Grand Union Canal – would damage the hamlet forever. They aargue the proposed site would be an eyesore and add to already traffic-choked roads.

TGC opted to pull the plug on plans for a solar farm on land at Church Farm in Long Itchington in January following huge public opposition.

And spokesman for Bascote Residents Group, Ian Stilwell is now calling on residents make their thoughts known through the public consultation in a bid to stop the latest plans.

He told The Observer: “We believe the proposed solar farm will have a detrimental effect not only on the lives of people who live in Bascote but also on the many hundreds who visit the area to walk, cycle and enjoy the marvellous scenery.

“We’re urging anyone who opposes the development or has concerns about what it will mean for Bascote, Long Itchington and the surrounding countryside to come along to the consultation.

“TGC dropped plans for a farm in neighbouring Long Itchington after concerted local opposition and if enough people express their concerns at the consultation, perhaps we can make the developers look again.”

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