Low Carbon Alliance secures planning consent for 25MW solar and storage site

22nd July, 2022

Low Carbon Alliance, in partnership with wedding venue Cheswell Grange, has gained planning consent for a 25MW solar and storage facility in Shropshire.

Telford & Wrekin Planning committee have approved the Twitch Hill solar facility, developed in partnership by Cheswell Grange and Low Carbon Alliance. The project will directly respond to the climate and biodiversity emergencies and commitments declared by Lillieshall Parish and Telford and Wrekin Councils through delivering a host of landscape and biodiversity enhancements including over 3.5km of new hedgerow, swathes of flower-rich meadows amongst the proposed solar arrays creating enhanced habitats for farmland and woodland bird species.

The solar and storage facility will deliver a clean, renewable source of energy to the local grid to support local homes and businesses and would provide the equivalent electricity consumed by over 7,000 homes in Newport and the surrounding villages during 2020; and could reduce annually up to approximately 5,663 tonnes of carbon emissions otherwise generated from fossil-fuelled power generating facilities.

The project is now seeking funding offers for the construction of the plant which has a target operational date of Q3 2023.

Cheswell Grange and Low Carbon Alliance were advised by Pegasus Group.

Simon Crowe Managing Director of Low Carbon Alliance says:

 “We are proud to support our clients at Cheswell Grange by securing consent for the solar and facility as part of their regenerative and environmental plans at the Cheswell Grange, whilst delivering projects that support the UK’s NetZero targets.”

Neil & Susanna Harley, of Cheswell Grange say: 

 “We are delighted to have received permission to move forward with this project which will help make a meaningful difference to biodiversity enhancement in our area, support the fight against climate change and help secure the businesses future for us, our children and our employees at a challenging time for farmers.”