A BID to build a solar farm on land in North Littleton has been launched and Vale residents have been invited to air their views.
The Littleton Solar Farm will be built on land to the east of the village and south of Blakes Hill Road with agents Savills seeking planning permission for 40 years.
Should it win planning approval, the site will deliver 31 megawatts of clean energy; that’s enough to power around 9,300 homes.
Due to the amount of land needed, the scheme cannot fit in an urban area and requires a countryside location. There are also no immediately neighbouring residential properties and the site is generally well screened, according to Savills.
The site has been ear-marked for the proposed development and will be able to connect to the local electricity grid. It’s anticipated the scheme would help support the farm which shares the land
Speaking to the Observer, agents Savills confirmed the scheme was temporary and the panels would eventually be removed completely
from the site allowing the site to return to open farmland.
“We have identified this site as a potentially suitable location for a renewable energy development which can contribute positively to the UKs transition from imported fossil fuels to home grown decarbonised green energy,” Savills said in a statement.
“We very much wish to involve the local community in the preparation of the plans. Local knowledge and community views are very important to us and an invaluable part of the planning process to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved.”
A virtual consultation will be launched to offer local residents an opportunity to comment on the proposals before a planning application is drawn up.
Visit www.littleton-solar.com from tomorrow (Monday) for more.