Concerns over Churchover ‘solar park’ plan

An example of a solar park, from Hive Energy's website
An example of a solar park, from Hive Energy's website

After seeing off a possible windfarm, campaigners in Churchover are now fighting plans to build a solar park.

Renewable energy firm Hive Energy want to develop land at School Farm, near the village.

They say it could power up to 3,600 homes and prevent 5,160 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Representatives said a consultation was attended by a number of people living near the proposed site.

Lorne Smith, co-ordinator of campaign group Against Subsidised Windfarms Around Rugby (Aswar), said he wrote to Rugby Borough Council, asking for the application to be put on hold during the summer holidays.

He said: “If our experience with the two previous renewable energy speculators, who were defeated but put Churchover under siege for four years, is anything to go by, then Hive Energy are likely to put in their application during a holiday period so as to make objecting to it as difficult as possible.

“At a time when food security has seldom been more important, it would be reckless to allow a greed for subsidies to override the need to produce food on 60 acres of prime agricultural land.”

Hugh Brennan, managing director of Hive Energy, said it’s about striking a balance when developing a solar park.

He added: “As well as making clean energy for thousands of homes, the site would include a host of features to help incorporate it into the landscape, encourage biodiversity, and create learning areas and other facilities for people to benefit from.”