The potential of a solar energy park adjacent to the existing solar energy park commissioned in 2017 at Hill Farm, Duns Tew, Oxfordshire is being explored. The proposed energy park will provide an additional 9MW of solar electricity generation set across 32 acres.
Cherwell District Council received the planning application on the 26th February 2020.
The planning application reference is: 20/00574/F. The full planning submission can be found on the Cherwell District Council planning register:
Solar energy generation at Duns Tew will contribute to the long-term national commitment to cease reliance on fossil fuels and develop alternative, sustainable sources of energy.
The specific local benefit under active consideration is for local people to invest in the solar park, using a proportion of its returns to fund community projects.
We are in advanced discussion with Oxfordshire based Low Carbon Hub regarding the opportunity of placing Duns Tew Energy Park into their portfolio. This would offer investment opportunities, long term annual income into the community and the opportunity for Duns Tew to bid for funding for community energy projects.
Further information about the Low Carbon Hub can be found at: www.lowcarbonhub.org
Following the Duns Tew Energy Park public consultations on the 5th April and 6th June 2019 and the Duns Tew Parish Council meeting on 10th June 2019, feedback was generally positive with a lot of interest and support for the opportunity of community ownership.
The importance of identifying a suitable construction access route was strongly communicated. As a result of consultation feedback and as part of the project’s aim for minimal disruption to the local community, the proposed access route has been amended. Proposed direct access will now come from an existing access track on the A4260.
Please see below for various documents relating to the Duns Tew Project: