This application was withdrawn by the applicant on 13 June. No reason was given other than “unexpected circumstances”. If the application had gone ahead and had been approved, the site would have become classified as brownfield land, allowing it to be developed as housing or other uses at a later date. For that reason, it was unlikely to have been approved by Shropshire Council. Continue reading “Solar farm at Henley Hall puts in a bid to be in place forever (then withdraws bid)”
A full council meeting took place today. The biggest item on the agenda was the council’s financial strategy through to 2020. An attempt by Lib Dem councillors to deliver more support for schools, reduce the energy used by streetlights and provide more funds for traffic calming was rejected by the Conservative majority.
I am sorry that this amendment to council’s financial strategy did not go through. It would have helped schoolchildren, communities and the environment.
But at the same time, Kronos Solar said it wanted construction traffic to access the site near to housing at Lower Ledwyche. The original plan had been to access the solar farm via an existing concrete track well away from housing.
Nearby residents were quite rightly furious with the plans, which would have caused considerable local disruption.
Energy Reservoir 13 Ltd is hoping to build an electricity storage unit on green fields near Lower Ledwyche. A storage system is a good idea. But why isn’t it being built alongside the existing substation rather than in a green field?
An application has been made to split the solar farm into two ownerships. The smaller part of the array, which has already been constructed, will remain in the ownership of Bromfield Sand and Gravel.This is currently powering the gravel works.
The rest of the array will be owned by Ludlow Solar Ltd.
I am told by the promoters this is a “technical matter” and the scheme is still on track to complete the entire solar farm later this year.