Today, Kronos Solar wrote to Ludlow and Clee unitary councillors announcing that the planning application for a 13 hectare “solar park” has been submitted to Shropshire Council. The application is currently being validated before being made public.
The site has been reduced in size from initial plans by approximately 40% to reduce visual and landscape impacts. The 5MW array will power the equivalent of 1,100 households. Its power will be fed by underground cable into the nearby electricity substation on Squirrel Lane.
The promoters say that there will be no harm to the AONB which is 1.4km distant. The agricultural soil is classified grade 3b – poorer quality. The arrays will only be minimally visible from some viewpoints, and not at all from Ludlow or the AONB.
Kronos has submitted a community benefit proposal to Bitterley parish council.
As a member of the South Planning Committee, I will not be commenting on this application until it reaches committee.
Kronos: Henley Hall Solar Summary