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Consultation over plans for a solar scheme

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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A PUBLIC consultation event has been organised to discuss plans for a 75-acre solar farm.

Green energy firm Solstice Renewables is soon set to submit plans for the tree-lined site, at Park Farm, in Measham,

The firm revealed that if the project was approved it would produce enough electricity to power 4,000 homes.

Company director Giovanni Maruca said they were planning to build the project at the site off Measham Road as it is close to the national grid.

He said: “Park Farm is a great site for a solar park as it is well screened and the land where the panels will be is currently of low agricultural value.

“Our proposals will enable it to continue to be used for agriculture, with sheep grazing in winter, and a programme of biodiversity enhancement will create a wildlife haven in spring and summer.”

The public consultation will take place from 5pm to 8pm on March 27 at Packington Memorial Hall.

It will provide an opportunity for people to view the proposals, provide feedback and meet the developers.

He added: “We’re looking forward to meeting as many members of the community as possible, and will welcome suggestions for how the scheme could be improved.”

The company is involved in three other projects in the south of England.

The proposed development was for a 13 MW solar park, which would generate enough renewable electricity to supply 4,000 homes and save more than 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

A planning application is likely to be submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council next month.

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