Barkestone Plungar & Redmile Parish Council

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Leicestershire LE14 2SH

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Two of our local MPs, Alicia Kearns and Robert Jenrick, are campaigning to have the Vale of Belvoir recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) but, at the same time there is a planning application to cover over 74 hectares (over 183 acres, or 743,000 square metres) in solar panels (this does not take into account a second proposed solar farm between Muston and Bottesford).A key issue is the scale of this solar farm (one of the biggest in the country) and its undoubted impact on the beauty of The Vale and its wildlife, some of which are endangered species (particularly with the farm's proximity to a Site of Special Scientific Interest. But consider also the impact on: arable land; house prices; walkers and cyclists; breach of National Planning Policy Framework guidelines; roads through Granby; and duration of the change (40 years).Whatever your views (for or against this proposal), please make your voice heard by Melton Borough Council:, if you object to the proposal, please consider signing the petition:

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:49 by Michele Parker


One matter the Solar Farm application has highlighted is that wildlife sightings in this area are under-reported.

Leicester and Rutland Environmental Records Centre (LRERC) collect and collate details of the flora and fauna in the area and they use this information to inform the planning services about biodiversity. Commercial firms and other organisations can pay for this information which can be used to create Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) to support planning applications such as the one contained within the application for the proposed solar farm at Barkestone. More »

Please read the attached note to get detail on how to report wildlife sightings. A template is also attached which can be used to send the information. » Less

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:22 by Michele Parker


You can find the application, and the many supporting documents, on the Melton Borough Council website, reference 20/01182/FUL. Just type "Barkestone" into the search box and you will find it.

This is a major application for a huge solar farm which, if passed, might last for at least 40 years and transform the landscape North of Barkestone. Please take time to review the information on the planning website or on the page on this website, and make your views known.

Posted: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 10:59 by Michele Parker