Category: Energy

Another solar farm proposed near Ludlow – 23MW south of Caynham

Green Energy International has asked for a screening option for a 33 hectare, 23MW solar farm south of Caynham at Pervin Farm. The documents for the screening option are not yet online (22/00929/SCR). My thanks to Green Energy International for supplying the screening application promptly. The landscape east and south of Ludlow is considered ideal for solar farms because of capacity to connect to the grid at the Squirrel Lane. This is connectivity not available in many other areas of the county and in many areas of the country. There is an existing solar farm at Henley Hall. A second is proposed nearby but is not yet in the planning system. Another is planned at Greete. A fourth is under consideration at Rock Farm. If all are approved, along with the Caynham scheme, there will be around 160 hectares of solar panels east and south east of Ludlow – that’s more than 100 football pitches or two-thirds of the urban area of Ludlow. They will generate around 150MW of electricity, enough to power around 40,000 homes, around a quarter of the homes in Shropshire.

This application was withdrawn by the applicant on 13 June.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.

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.

Changes to Henley Hall solar farm access thrown out giving residents some tranquility

Plans for a solar farm at Henley Hall on the outskirts of Ludlow were approved in June after an appeal to the planning inspectorate. In September, the size of the solar farm was reduced. 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.

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