Derbyshire solar farm plans are submitted

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Plans have been submitted for a large solar farm which could generate power for 1,000 homes every year.

Renewable energy firm RES is seeking planning permission from Chesterfield Borough Council to build about 27,500 solar panels on 30 acres of land at Tom Lane, Duckmanton.

A consultation event held in the village in March revealed nearly 80 per cent of residents were in favour of the proposals.

Eliot Davis, project manager at RES, said: “We were really pleased that so many people attended our public exhibition to speak with us and provide comments on our plans.

“The feedback was particularly encouraging – almost 80 of respondents indicated they approved or strongly approved of the solar farm.

“We hope that the borough council’s planning committee will agree this is a well-designed solar project which will play a valuable role in strengthening the UK’s energy security and help to protect consumers against the impacts of rising fossil fuel costs,” he added.

When the proposals were announced, Derbyshire Times readers were quick to welcome them. Facebook user Frances Lilly said: “I don’t see these solar farms or wind turbines as eyesores. I see it as clean, fresh energy for our future generations.”

The borough council is expected to make a decision on RES’s plans in December.

View the proposals by searching for application number CHE/14/00644/FUL at www.chesterfield.gov.uk