Solar plan to be discussed at special meeting tonight

Ripley Town Council is to hold a special meeting tonight to discuss controversial planning applications in the township.

The authority will debate whether or not to support plans for a solar panel farm at Denby and a Vodafone communications tower at Nottingham Road Ripley.

The 47-acre solar farm proposed for land to the west of Street Lane in Denby has been met with concerns from land campaigners and villagers.

A planning application to place 7,000 panels on mainly farm land in the village has been submitted by renewable energy company Freetricity.

If they are approved by Amber Valley Borough Council the panels would supply up to five mega watts of energy into the national grid - the equivalent power usage of between 1200 and 1500 homes.

For a full report of the meeting and the solar farm plan, grab a copy of next week’s Ripley and Heanor News.