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Banbury solar farm given green light

Members of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee have approved the construction of a 5MW PV solar farm and associated infrastructure at Hill Farm on Hill Farm Lane in Duns Tew, the Banbury Guardian has reported.

Earthworm Energy will build the development across 11 hectares of agricultural land and include the provision of wildflower buffers, grassland and trees to minimise its effect on the surrounding landscape.

The PV panels will be set out in rows running from east to west across the field and will be accompanied by four associated transformer/inverter units as well as four pole-mounted CCTV cameras and perimeter fencing.

The panels are expected to be operational for about 25 years.

The site will be shielded by the provision of 5m-wide wildflower buffers along the eastern, western and southern boundaries of the site as well as an area of grassland and tree planting to the north.

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