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THE ROTHLEY POST YOUR FREE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SEP/OCT 2013 No. 102 Solar park in Thurcaston fields PLANS TO build 250 homes and a relief road off Mountsorrel Lane in Rothley will be decided this December. PLANS FOR a 37 acre solar park in Thurcaston have been announced. Green Switch Solutions’ proposal is to erect dozens of three metre tall solar panels in two fields either side of Thurcaston Lane. The panels will be erected in rows in the fields, which are owned by the Charnwood Trust and currently used for grazing. Green Switch Solutions say: “The impact on character and views will be limited because of the small height and little movement of the panels. The nature of the solar panel farm is reversible, reducing its impact which is likely to be decommissioned after 25 years.” A spokesman for Thurcaston Action Group said: “We have just become aware of the Solar Farm application. This development will be of interest to residents of both Thurcaston and Cropston and so we will encourage discussion at a Parish Council meeting at the Pic: a representation of what the park will look like DAVE HUTCHINGS GENERAL BUILDING & HOME REPAIRS Brickwork • Patios Re-pointing Tiling • Plaster Patching • Fencing etc No job too small Friendly Reliable Service Free Quotations • Fully Insured Tel: 0116 260 7716 Mob: 07770 785400 Email: Website: LANCASTER LANDSCAPES BLOCK PAVING SPECIALISTS Drives • Patios • Paths Garden Design Crazy Paving Slabbing Fencing Lawns Cut Hedges Cut Turfing Slabs & Walls Cleaned 40 Spinney Rise, Birstall 2673767 or 07979 851976 earliest opportunity. “Thurcaston Action Group are keen to gauge local opinion on the Solar Farm application before forming a view on this possible development. TAG will monitor this, and any related planning applications, very closely.” The solar park will generate 7MW of electricity. The 132m wind turbine that will be erected in Wanlip later this year by Severn Trent has a 3.3MW capacity. December decision on homes Wheatsheaf Inn • Pic: the proposed location Government proposals for achieving the national renewable energy target require that 15% of all energy used in the UK be supplied from renewable energy sources by 2020. Planning application P/13/1621/2. A planning inspector will consider an appeal by the developers William Davis Limited on December 10. The inquiry is expected to last four days. In June, Charnwood Borough Council recommended that the plans be refused on the grounds that it reduces the area of separation between Rothley and Mountsorrel. Rothley Parish Council are pressing for the maximum amount of developer contributions for the village, and it will Continued on page 2

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