Update, November 1, 2023

We are delighted to share the news that the Tamworth Solar scheme was approved at the Planning Committee on October 3, 2023. 

Update, April 26, 2023

Thank you very much for attending our consultation event. We appreciate the feedback we have received and will be updating our proposal accordingly.

The Public consultation is open until 5th May and you can submit your feedback via our email or survey monkey, and view the consultation boards on the ‘Share your views’ page.

In February, Tamworth Solar Ltd. submitted a planning application to Tamworth Borough Council for a proposed solar farm development on land to the east of Amington Hall Farm, Tamworth, B79 0ED.

The site lies to the north-east of the settlement of Tamworth and consists of small to medium sized agricultural fields. The proposed development will generate around 30 Megawatts (MW) of export capacity, which equates to powering approximately 11,500 homes a year with clean, renewable energy. This will make a vital contribution to climate change targets and the country’s transition away from fossil fuels.

30MW proposed
export capacity
>11,500 homes powered
per year
>8,000 tonnes of CO2
saved per year

The solar farm will be connected to Tamworth BSP substation via an underground cable. The site is a mixture of arable farming and grassland. No agricultural land will be lost, sheep can continue to graze under and around the solar panels during operation, providing a dual benefit of agriculture and energy generation.

Tamworth Solar Ltd take sustainability very seriously. The size of the site presents significant opportunities for biodiversity improvements, including creating new habitat for birds, butterflies and insects. All trees and hedgerows will be retained where possible however, a small portion of hedgerows or individual trees may be removed to construct the access route into the site. In order to compensate the removal of hedgerows and trees, existing hedgerows will be gapped up and additional hedgerows will be planted to minimise these impacts. These measures will significantly improve the biodiversity of the site compared with the existing fields, up to 42.9% on hedgerow units and 39.6% on habitat units, as per Natural England’s Biodiversity Net Gain calculator.

Tamworth Borough Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, hence supporting the transition away from fossil fuels and contributing to Local Plan policies relating to Climate Change Mitigation.

Tamworth Solar Farm will be key to addressing these challenges and will serve the area’s future energy needs. It will have four main objectives:

  • Support the UK’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the interim target of a 78% reduction within 14 years.
  • Help secure country’s green energy system by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.
  • Enable the continuation of agriculture during operation.
  • Significantly increase biodiversity of the site.

Engaging with communities is very important to us. We would like to hear your views on the proposal and how we could improve it. To do this, please go to our ‘Share your Views’ page and you will have the opportunity to provide comments.