Plans for a new solar farm and nine industrial units in Quorn have moved forward after a Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Meeting.
It has been decided that the Director of Corporate Resources be authorised to submit a planning application for the commercial development.
The solar farm based on Barrow Road would generate almost 10 megawatts of electricity a year – enough to power County Hall, which provides a working environment for more than 3,000 members of staff.
Funding was also voted on, and it was decided that subject to planning consent being granted, construction of the first phase of the development – the solar farm and Barrow Road light industrial units – be approved subject to a maximum capital cost of £14 million.
Additionally it was decided that a further report be made to the Cabinet when it is considered that construction of a phase two of the development – consisting light industrial units at Poole Farm – is viable.
The Council has said that “the development of the Council-owned land will provide the Authority with future revenue income and support environmental and economic objectives.”