The project received planning permission on 31st August 2023, with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councillors voting unanimously to approve the proposals. The Tolldish Hall project will deliver up to an initial 25MWp of clean renewable energy to the Nuneaton and Bedworth area. Additionally, the landowner will be able to continue using the land for grazing, meaning that will be no loss of arable land for food production.
Innova are developing one of the largest portfolios of renewable energy generation sites across the United Kingdom, with a combined solar and storage capacity in excess of 23 GW.
“As a local resident to the site, I am particularly excited to have secured planning permission for this solar farm which will help get Coventry, Nuneaton and the surrounding area closer to Net Zero” said Ryan Adams, Managing Director of development at Innova. “Early community engagement and thorough site selection from our planning and business development teams were paramount to securing this unanimous decision. Given the recent UN statement confirming this as the hottest global summer on record and the need to take immediate action to tackle climate change, this site is especially important as it can be generating renewable energy in 2024. We would like to thank our consultant team and the Council for making this timely decision possible.”
Cllr Richard Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulation at NBBC, added that not only will the facility be able to produce enough clean energy to fuel over 7,000 local homes but that the plan will also see new native hedgerows, hedgerow trees and areas of native woodland planted and the existing pastureland covering the site enhanced with species-rich grasslands and wildflower meadows planted.
“The Tolldish Hall solar farm, is a fantastic and very positive development for Bulkington and the surrounding area, I was delighted to be able to speak in support of the application when it came before the planning committee recently” Cllr Smith said. “All of this fits well within the land surrounding the historic Tolldish Hall Farm and will support the sustainability of the Farm over the 40-year lifespan of the facility. I have communicated with the developers for some time, and I am excited to see the plans we discussed come forward for work in the community.”
Innova have thanked Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for their positive and proactive engagement throughout the application determination process.
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