September 28th, 2016

Solar farm to power one thousand homes

Updated: 5:14 pm, May 06, 2015

A ‘COOL and sexy’ solar farm which will power more than 1,000 homes is set to be built on the edge of Evesham.

Proposals to create the 20,000 panel park at Willows Farm in Chadbury received the backing of Wychavon District Council at a planning meeting on January 8.

Up to 1,400 homes will be supplied with energy through the scheme, which will be situated at the ten and a half acre site on Chadbury Road.

Coun Tom Noyes said: “I think this will be very beneficial because I think these applications are the future.

“I would like to see some use made in close proximity with training use for the children and use it as an opportunity for them to go there and see the application.

“It is sexy, it is cool and I am all for it.”

The land is currently used for grazing and Tim Perkins, speaking in support of the application, confirmed that will remain the case for the ‘entirety of the project’.

“We are committed to supplying sustainable energy for the future.” he said. “It will offer the farm owner a much-needed income while not changing the farming business.

“It will also help provide investment into the area and increase jobs in the area.”

Coun Jo Sandalls told the committee she had initial concerns about the plans which had been met, while Coun Keith Wright ‘had no problems with it at all’.

A total of 13 councillors voted in favour of the proposals with one member abstaining.

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