Public invited to learn more about proposal to build solar farm near Rugby

An existing solar farm.
An existing solar farm.

A developer is set to hold an information event for residents after issuing a proposal to build a solar farm near Rugby that could generate electricity for 4,662 homes.

On Tuesday, December 4, Lightsource BP will invite the public to hear more about their proposal to develop a solar farm at Streetfields Farm, Watling Street, Lutterworth.

The event will be held in Monks Kirby Village Hall, and residents are invited to drop in between 4.30pm and 7.30pm to discuss, and offer feedback on, the planning proposal with representatives of the developer.

The developer said the the proposed solar farm would generate enough energy to save 5,869 tonnes of carbon emissions every year - the equivalent of taking 1,250 large family cars off the roads.

A Biodiversity Management Plan will be developed alongside the planning application with the aim to ensure that the project enhances the site as much as possible for local wildlife, and that native species benefit from planting, seeding and habitat creation.

Lightsource BP said it would like to hear from wildlife enthusiasts and schools who may be interested in playing a role in the ongoing monitoring of wildlife on the site.

They said the proposed layout for the solar farm has been designed in such a way that most of the open grassland on the site will be left free to be used as grazing pasture for small livestock, allowing the land to be kept in agricultural use.

The fields which are proposed to house this project have been chosen because they are well-screened by surrounding hedgerows and trees, so the surrounding area will have a limited view of the solar farm.

Residents can obtain further information on the project by getting in touch with the Lightsource BP project team via info@lightsourcebp.com.