Thank you to everyone who took part in our second stage of consultation which closed on Friday 13 March 2015. Our enquiry line remains open to anyone with queries about the project
We’ve carefully evaluated the site at Witherington Farm, just off the A36, and are confident that it would be a great place to make solar energy.
A solar park hear would have the potential to make 40 MW of clean energy, enough to power 12,000 homes. It could also prevent more than 17,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. We’ve worked hard to design the solar park so that it integrates into the landscape and is well screened behind new and existing trees and hedging.
Before presenting our proposals for Witherington Farm we’ve considered a wide range of factors including:
- How visible it might be and how we could best screen it
- Any archaeological remains or heritage sites
- Local environment and wildlife
- The amount of sunlight or ‘irradiation’ the site receives
- Local grid connection
- How construction could happen as smoothly as possible
Only 30% of a solar park is occupied by panels – the rest would be free to be grazed by sheep.
It is also essentially temporary and reversible, and once dismantled the site can easily be returned to its former use. During the 25-year life of the solar park, the land would be rested from chemicals and fertilisers over time would revert to organic status.
We understand that you may have more queries about our proposals or solar power in general. You can read and download a copy of our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document here.
Below is a site boundary map in addition to an indicative layout of the proposed solar park at Witherington Farm.
If you’d like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact us on 08000 191 719 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.