“A second, huge solar farm planned for 220 acres of land near Chippenham has been submitted – prompting rapid local objection.
Eden Renewables submitted a planing application for the solar farm at Leigh Delamere – just after another bid went in for the 200 acre site at Forest Gate.
Stanton St Quinton Parish Council met to consider the application on July 14 and voted unanimously to oppose the application, followed by a unanimous rejection from Yatton Keynell parish council.
The chair of the meeting roundly criticised Eden for their ‘complete failure’ to engage or consult with anyone in Stanton St Quinton, which is on one of the proposed routes for construction vehicles to access the development site.
Grittleton Parish Council met on July 20 – and rejected the application. Most of the development site is within Grittleton Parish.
Eden was represented at the meeting by CEO, Harry Lopes.
One person at the meeting described his performance as: “What can only be described as a faltering response which addressed none of the issues raised and moreover demonstrated a woeful lack of preparation and understanding of his own plans. His approach was to fob us off with appeals to the climate crisis.”
Eden’s PR Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall is drumming up support for the scheme in neighbouring counties.
She posted this on the West Berks Climate Action Network Facebook:”
read the entire article
Hinman, Niki. THis is Wiltshire 3 August 2021.