Public consultation on Mallard Pass solar farm projects to begin May 26
A public consultation on a huge solar farm on the Stamford-Rutland border is due to start next week.
Mallard Pass could cover 906 hectares of land in solar panels if given the green light.
The reserved area extends outwards from Essendine to Aunby, Carlby, Braceborough, Uffington and Ryhalland is such a significant development that it will be decided by the Government Planning Inspectorate rather than in Lincolnshire or Rutland.
The 10-week “stage two” consultation, which begins Thursday next week (May 26), is required by law and will be more important in helping to determine the outcome of the solar farm than a preliminary consultation held next week. last year.
People who want to learn more and speak up can do so at the following public information events:
- Essendine town hall – Saturday June 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Stamford Town Hall – Wednesday, June 29, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Greatford Town Hall – Thursday, June 30, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Ryhall Town Hall – Friday, July 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Online webinar – Tuesday July 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Approximately 900 responses were submitted to the first public consultation. More than half of those who responded said they were “strongly opposed” to the solar farm. People were told the answers would help shape the next stage of the proposal.
Mallard Pass, a partnership between Windel Energy and Canadian Solar, is expected to submit its application to the government in late 2022, after reviewing responses to the second stage consultation.