Public Consultation for proposed solar farm south of Barlaston

Local residents, councillors and other members of the community have been invited to a public consultation for a proposed solar farm at Malthouse Farm on land east of Meaford Road and south of Station road, near Barlaston.

The consultation will be held on Tuesday 19th May from 4 pm to 8 pm at the George and Dragon, Meaford Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0PX, and will provide an opportunity for local people to view the proposals, provide feedback and meet the developers.

The proposed development, by Wiltshire-based Solstice Renewables, is for a 5 Mega Watt peak (MWp) solar park that would generate enough renewable electricity to supply the equivalent of 1,500 typical homes.

Giovanni Maruca, Director, Solstice Renewables, said:

“Malthouse is a great site for a solar farm. The land is lower grade and is currently used for arable farming, so we can make a big difference to biodiversity and ecology. We’ll be sowing native grasses and wildflowers around the panels to encourage more wildlife and help stem the decline in pollinators like bees and butterflies. As well as transforming the site into a wildlife haven, we will maintain the land with sheep grazing around the panels so that it can be used for food production as well as generating renewable electricity.

“We’re looking forward to meeting people from the local community and welcome their suggestions for how the scheme could be improved. We’re also offering a community benefit fund of approximately £5,000 a year for 25 years – over £125,000 in total – plus £2,000 a year funding for educational support to local schools linked to the solar farm.”

The site is approximately 13 hectares in area. It is located just south of Barlaston.