27th Oct, 2016

Solar power bid joy as plans are scrapped

Evesham Editorial 11th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a six field solar farm near a quiet Pershore village have been scrapped by developers.

TGC Renewables had submitted plans to construct a 100-acre renewable site, 40 hectares, on land which forms the triangle between Great Comberton, Little Comberton and the Mary Brook.

But residents and parish councillors slammed the Lilworth Farm idea, as the proposed development would have been bigger than Great Comberton or Little Comberton themselves.

A recent exhibition saw villagers hit out at the renewable firm and the plans and the company officially pulled out of building on the site on Wednesday (July 9).

Kate Collingwood, chairman of Great Comberton Parish Council, said: “It’s safe to say everybody is relieved and pleased, it’s a great weight off everybody’s mind.

“It was something that made most people feel a bit sick that if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere like this you really should look after it.

“I count myself incredibly lucky to live here, it’s a really beautiful place.

“We’re hoping it’s gone away for good now but you can never be quite sure. As we’ve said before it’s bigger than the village

and you just can’t screen something like that or pretend it isn’t massively intrusive.”

The exhibition, which was held at the Village Hall on June 30, saw 126 people vote against the solar farm and just nine in favour.

TGC were due to hear today (Friday) if there was capacity on the national grid for a development to go ahead.

Roy Amner, development director at TGC, said: “We took the proposals to a community consultation event and through the event we received a number of constructive comments against the proposed development.

“As a result of this we took on board those comments and, despite believing the site was a viable location for development, we’ve listened to the concerns and decided not to proceed with the proposal.”