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18 NOV

Community to be consulted over solar farm plans

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A community is set to be consulted over a proposed 28 Megawatt solar farm that would be built in the Moorlands. Novus Renewable Service Limited has already constructed Lower Newton Farm on Draycott Road in Upper Tean in 2015, which produces around 11 Megawatts.

A community is set to be consulted over a proposed 28 Megawatt solar farm that would be built in the Moorlands.

Novus Renewable Service Limited has already constructed Lower Newton Farm on Draycott Road in Upper Tean in 2015, which produces around 11 Megawatts.

Now, the company wishes to build a new “larger” solar farm around the site.

The new farm, if approved, would generate 28 Megawatts of renewable energy and up to 30 Megawatts of battery storage which would be enough to power more than 7,000 homes.

Novus are set to host public consultation events on Tuesday, November 23 between 12.30pm and 4.30pm at Great Wood Hall on Hollington Road, Upper Tean.

There, residents will be presented with current project designs and be able to ask questions about them.

A spokesperson from Novus Renewable Services Limited told the Times & Echo: “Following the success of their Lower Newton Farm development already constructed in 2015 at Lower Newton Farm, Novus Renewable Services Limited are proposing to build a new larger solar farm at the Lower Newton/Blythe House Farm location, rekindling their relationship with the landowner and local community.

“The proposed solar farm will be located around the existing circa 11 Megawatt site, which is to the south-west of the A50 trunk road and to the north-east of the Derby to Crewe railway line.

“The site of the proposed solar farm straddles the parishes of Checkley and Draycott in the Moors. “Access to the solar farm will be from the existing lane that serves Upper Newton and Lower Newton Farms.

“We are currently in the design and environmental assessment stage of the project and have recently consulted Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to get their initial views.”

They added: “We will be presenting our current project designs and inviting the public to provide their views on the proposals which we will then feed back into the design process.

“We encourage anyone interested in the project to come along and we will be pleased to answer any questions they may have.

“We will be holding a second public consultation event once plans are progressed further.”

Via its Facebook page, Checkley Parish Council urged all its residents to attend the consultation.

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