Further online consultation event planned for proposed Barnsdale solar energy park

February 17, 2021 | Barnsdale Solar News

Pictured above: Maintenance inspection on a UK solar farm

The latest developments around a proposed new solar energy scheme to the east of Leeds will be under discussion at an online consultation event for local residents next month.

Banks Renewables submitted a planning application for the proposed new Barnsdale solar energy park between Kippax and Allerton Bywater in November last year and is expecting it to come before Leeds City Council’s planning committee in the next few months.

As part of the development of the Barnsdale scheme, Banks’ project team has been working extensively across local communities to share information about the Barnsdale project both in-person whenever possible and also digitally.

And to help continue this process, the team will now be hosting an online forum from 6pm on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at which they will be updating attendees about the latest project developments and taking questions about every aspect of it.

The Barnsdale scheme would include solar panels covering an area of around 50 hectares of south-facing land and would link directly into the Ledston Primary electricity sub-station which sits to the south east of the site along Barnsdale Road.

It would be able to generate enough electricity to meet the annual requirements of up to 12,000 family homes and would also see a detailed ecology and biodiversity strategy being delivered to ensure the site provides a net local benefit in biodiversity.

As part of Banks Renewables’ policy of delivering tangible benefits to the local communities in which its operations are based, over £800,000 of the revenues generated by the project would be directed into a benefits fund that would provide funding for local charities, community groups and good causes over the lifetime of the project.

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, adds: “Informing, involving and listening to people living in the communities around all our developments is an absolutely essential part of the way in which we work, and despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, we’ve been able to share a lot of information about the Barnsdale scheme across local communities over the last six months.

“This is a continuing process and we’re holding this latest event to ensure that local residents and stakeholders are fully up-to-date with recent progress and are easily able to put any questions and idea directly to our project team.

“We’re really pleased with the generally positive welcome that the Barnsdale project has had from local residents and stakeholders, and hope Leeds City Council’s planning committee will recognise the many environmental, ecological and community benefits that it will deliver.”

To register for the meeting or to put forward any questions in advance, please contact the Barnsdale project team via barnsdalesolar@banksgroup.co.uk

Local residents, businesses and community groups can find out more about the plans for the Barnsdale solar energy park, share their views on the project and register their support for it by visiting www.banksgroup.co.uk/barnsdalesolar

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