An application has been submitted for a 27 acre solar farm between Lower Stanley Farm, Gretton and Alderton. The project is proposed to be sited on a Tewkesbury Borough Council designated Special Land Area (LND2) and is afforded similar status and restrictions for planning as an AONB (LND1). It has been designated because of its position and importance as foreground to the Dumbleton and Dixton AONB.
If the solar farm goes ahead it would ruin the visual integrity from and to the AONBs. It could also be the first of more schemes by the same land owner once the solar farm infrastructure is in place, amounting to 100 acres. This is not about whether solar is a good idea or not, or whether Tewkesbury Borough Council is meeting its targets; neither is about finding funding for projects around the Parish that aren’t funded; it’s about the destruction of your local designated sites of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You may also be interested to know the Finance partners brought in by Green Hedge (the project managers) to run the community share scheme have backed out believing the venture to be unviable.
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