Staffordshire solar farm plans approved

Credit: Solar power portal
Despite numerous objections, a solar farm has received approval to be constructed on land at a Penkridge farm.

While 11 letters supported the development around Preston Hill Farm at Preston Vale, South Staffordshire Council received 70 objections.

Concerns raised by objectors included the loss of agricultural land, risks to road users, and potential devaluation of property prices.

At the council’s recent meeting, the planning committee voted in favour of the development, with eight members supporting it, five opposing it, and one abstention.

The proposed solar photovoltaic electricity generating station would cover around 62 hectares (153 acres) and could provide enough energy for approximately 14,000 homes. Planning officers recommended temporary permission for up to 40 years.