Two companies submit plans for new solar farms

An existing solar farm in Surrey
An existing solar farm in Surrey

Plans to build two solar farms in the region are building speed as farmers look increasingly towards renewable energy.

A 9MW plant has been proposed for Gawcott Fields Farm by Harper Solar while Quainton-based Haymaker Energy has resubmitted plans for a 12MW farm in Wicken.

Aylesbury Vale District Councillor Patrick Fealey, who is also a parish councillor for Gawcott, said Harper Solar chiefs presented its plans to village councillors in July.

He said: “It seems that is the way farming is going – the route of renewable energy.

“We’re still at what I call the informative stage but we are moving into a consultation period so I expect to see some yellow planning permission signs going up shortly.”

For the Wicken farm, Haymarket Energy said its application site is now ‘capable of accommodating a solar PV farm without causing unacceptable harm’.

It said: “The reasons for refusal of the previous planning application have been overcome and it is respectfully requested that this application for the development should be granted planning permission.”

If given the green light, the solar farm to the south of Dagnall Farm and the north-west of Mount Mill Cottages, will be operational for 25 years.

It will benefit from the Feed-in Tariff programme with renewable energy fed into the grid, contributing to the UK’s renewable energy targets.