24th Jan, 2017

Solar farm between Harbury and Radford Semele given planning permission

Leamington Editorial 27th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PLANS to build a solar farm on the doorstep of two south Warwickshire villages have been approved.

Luminous Energy Limited was looking for permission to put a temporary 25-year, 16-hectare farm on land off the Fosse Way

between Radford Semele and Harbury.

The site – roughly the size of 22 football pitches – is currently used for sheep grazing and other agricultural purposes but the company argued the farm would generate enough electricity to power around 2,500 homes.

And members of Stratford District Council’s planning committee agreed – granting permission for the solar farm to be built.

But a decision on whether not to give the green light to plans for another solar farm near Southam was deferred.

TGC Renewables had applied to develop a solar energy farm – roughly the size of 17 football pitches – in countryside overlooking Bascote alongside the Grand Union Canal earlier this year.

The proposals were met with criticism from Stop Bascote Solar Residents’ Group, who claimed the farm – made up of 14,500 panels – would damage the area forever, be an eyesore and add to already traffic choked roads.

Officers had recommended the plans be given the go-ahead but committee members opted to defer the decision until a later date.