A solar energy company, Lightsource, is proposing to site a major environmentally-friendly power source on 69 acres of land on Lawns Farm which is located on Ballam Road. The installation will provide enough clean renewable energy to power 7,674 homes, saving 6,171 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 3,402 large family cars off the roads.
However, as well as generating clean energy, Lightsource says its solar installations are designed so that they also act as a haven for local wildlife. The company states that a bespoke biodiversity management plan will be developed in conjunction with the planning application to ensure that the plan enhances the site as much as possible for local wildlife.
To inform residents about the proposal, Lightsource will be hosting an online video presentation on Wednesday 30th June, at 7:30 p.m. This will be followed by live Q&A sessions. You are invited to join the interactive event via the company’s webpage: https://www.lightsourcebp.com/uk/projects/lawns-farm.
During this on-line session, Lightsource will be outlining their proposal to fund, develop and build the installation. A brief video outlining the proposals for the solar project will be shown and feedback gathered. Anyone unable to join the online session is alternatively being encouraged to call 0333 200 0755 or write to the Environmental Planning and Sustainability Team, at Lightsource bp, 7th floor 33 Holborn, London, E1CN 2HU.
Lightsource add that the company is particularly eager to hear from wildlife enthusiasts and local schools who may be interested in playing a role in the ongoing monitoring of wildlife on the site, as part of the company’s drive to contribute positively to all the communities it serves.
Penny Laurenson, Lightsource’s Director of Environmental Planning and Sustainability, explained: ‘We want to ensure that local communities in and around the proposed location have all the information they need about this project.’
The company say that the proposed layout for the solar installation at Lawns Farm has been designed so that most of the open grassland on the site will be suitable for grazing small livestock, allowing it to retain the potential for agricultural use. The proposed fields are well screened by established vegetation and woodlands, which would limit any surrounding views of the installation.
For more details visit www.lightsourcebp.com/uk/projects/lawns-farm