Plans for huge solar farm near Richmond approved

File pic of solar farm. Photo. N Chadwick.

Planners have given the go-ahead for a huge solar farm on fields near Richmond.

The development between Richmond, Skeeby, Easby and Brompton-on-Swale was approved yesterday despite widespread objections from local councils and residents.

Ritchie Bland Energy Limited and Harmony Energy Limited submitted the application to install the farm which it is claimed would have enough photovoltaic cells to power more than 11,000 homes.

More than 650 people however  signed a petition against the scheme, while parish councillors in Skeeby, Brompton-on-Swale and Easby, as well Richmond town councillors, also lodged their objections.

In his report to members recommending the plans are approved, planning officer Chris Peachey concluded: “Once in operation, the site would be capable of generating approximately 40MW of renewable energy, powering the equivalent of 11,455 homes, resulting in CO2 savings of 21,250 tonnes per year.

“Furthermore, the BESS facility would store and release electricity both from the solar farm and from the electricity network, ensuring a more constant supply to the electricity network from the solar farm and helping to balance the electricity grid.”

He added: “On balance, the considerable environmental and public benefits of the scheme are considered to outweigh any potential adverse impacts and overall, the proposals accord with the requirements and expectations of the relevant Spatial Principles and Core Policies of the Richmondshire Local Plan Core Strategy.”

The scheme was given unanimous backing by councillors from Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.



  1. We need a local election to get rid of these councilors that voted for this plan. We need more farmland to grow more food not take every bit of agricultural land to build houses and plans like this.

    I have noticed a pattern with Richmond C.C they approve all big projects like Scotch Corner shopping development but to a local farmers they don’t allow the farmers to diversify into camping pods and the like.

    Talk about been two faced.

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