Decision nears on Melksham solar farm proposal
Updated 10:34am Tuesday 7th January 2014 in By Court reporter
A decision on west Wiltshire’s largest solar farm is expected next month, now the deadline for public comments has passed.
The public consultation for the Sandridge Solar Farm bid, which would see 67 hectares of solar panels constructed on the outskirts of Melksham, ended on December 20.
When complete the site would produce approximately 10 per cent of the county’s renewable energy target by 2020.
The plans have already been approved by Melksham Town, Melksham Without Parish and Bromham Parish Councils, with only Seend Parish Council voting to oppose the bid.
Director of Sandridge Solar Power St.John Hughes said: “We’re delighted with the support shown for the project from the local parishes, who represent a very large proportion of the local community, and throughout this process there’s been a good level of support expressed directly from members of the public too.
“We understand some people have concerns, so we have done our best to address any misinformation promptly to ensure the facts are out there.”
If approved a community fund of £44,000 per year would be set up to fund local projects bringing economic, environmental or social benefits to the community.