Just this past week we have learned that a large mail drop from a company called Rosefield Solar Farm, will be put through letterboxes to all Claydon, Calvert and Quainton homes. This leaflet will announce that a proposal for a 600-acre solar farm is being developed on land owned by Nicolas Verney and the Claydon Estate.
The East Claydon Parish Council has only just become aware of this proposal and will participate fully in evaluating, getting reactions and views of local residents, and advising residents of the impact this will have on our daily lives.
This proposal is certainly the largest solar farm yet proposed in Buckinghamshire and will be sited on agricultural land currently being farmed by tenant farmers and the Estate. The scale of the proposal scheme is a major concern, not only the impact on the landscape but on the disturbance and disruption during the construction phase whenever that may be. There is a great deal of preparatory work and evaluation that will be needed before and during the planning process which probably includes national as well as local political and planning scrutiny. The usual timescale for this is probably over two or more years.
After all the disruption of HS2 and EWR, this is yet another infrastructure project that will impact the lives and quiet enjoyment of living in this area.
UPDATE: We apologise to readers for the incorrect information on the scale of the proposed solar installation given originally. The figure of 600 acres was given to 3 Parish Council Chairmen by Nicholas Verney which was taken in good faith. However, the true scale was revealed by Rosefield Solar Farm who advised us that it would consume 2,100 acres. East Claydon Parish Council
The Proposal by Rosefield Solar Farm
Rosefield Solar Farm would provide enough clean energy to power around 57,000 homes and save more than 125,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.
The first public consultation will start on Thursday 28th September 2023 and will include more details about the Rosefield Solar Farm site, the design process, how they plan to assess potential environmental effects, and the benefits to the community that the proposals could bring.
Wednesday 4 October 2023 (2:30pm – 6:30pm) Calvert Green Village Hall and Brickworx Bar, Cotswolds Way, Calvert, Buckingham MK18 2FJ
Friday 6 October 2023 (2pm – 6pm), Quainton Memorial Hall, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BW
Saturday 7 October 2023 (10am – 2pm), East and Botolph Claydon Village Hall, Botyl Road, Botolph Claydon, Buckingham MK18 2LR
Monday 9 October 2023 (10am – 2pm), Steeple Claydon Village Hall, Queen Catherine Road, Steeple Claydon, Buckingham MK18 2PY
NEW DATED ADDED Wednesday 1 November 2023 (5pm – 8pm) Calvert Green Village Hall and Brickworx Bar, Cotswolds Way, Calvert, Buckingham MK18 2FJ
See leaflet below for more information.