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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 10:59 by Michele Parker
Please fill in the survey about the Solar Farm proposal. It will take a while to assess all the information in the planning application, but we do want to start to gather residents' initial views - difficult during the pandemic. We hope the Survey Monkey survey works, but we are also going to deliver paper surveys to all residents in Barkestone. Comments can be dropped off through the letterbox of... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 10:34 by Michele Parker
Please see the page to the left for further information about the Solar Farm proposal.
The planning application has been submitted but is not yet validated by Melton Borough Council and so it is not on their website yet.
Please note that most of the information on the page to the left is provided by the agents for the developer, NOT by the Parish Council. The Parish Council does not endorse the information... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:45 by Michele Parker
There will be a SOLAR FARM PROPOSAL EXHIBITION at Barkestone Hub on 24th and 25th October between 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm (same time as poppy sales) and on 31st October between 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
The exhibition will provide information from the applicant as well as details of how to make your views known.
The information will be on this website and/or on the applicant's website https://green-farmsolar.com
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:20 by Michele Parker