24th May, 2017

Two solar farms near Southam and Radford Semele set to get green light

Leamington Editorial 18th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PLANS to build solar farms near Southam and Radford Semele are both set to get the green-light.

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

But the proposals were met with criticism from Stop Bascote Solar Residents’ Group, who claimed the farm, which is earmarked for ground alongside the Grand Union Canal and made up of 14,500 panels, would damage the area forever.

They also argued 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 earlier this year following huge public opposition.

But despite Stratford District Council asking for clarification on a number of issues on the current site back in August, campaigners say the developer’s response still does not address their concerns.

Officers are recommending the plans be given the green light when they go before a meeting of the authority’s planning committee next Wednesday (November 25).

And proposals to build another solar farm on the doorstep of two south Warwickshire villages look set to be approved at the same meeting.

Luminous Energy Limited is 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 say the farm has the potential to generate enough electricity to power around 2,500 homes.

The proposals underwent a period of public consultation earlier this year and have been recommended for approval.