Land at Hall Farm, off Church Street, Alfreton, where Kronos wants to build a solar farm

Firm appeals planning refusal for Alfreton solar farm park

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Wed 6th July 2022

The company behind a bid to build a huge solar farm park in Alfreton has launched an appeal after the application was refused last year.

Kronos wants to build a solar farm spanning 75 hectares on land at Hall Farm, off Church Street.

If approved, the project would have generated up to 49.9MW of clean energy for around 11,500 homes.

However, a planning application seeking permission to build the site was refused by Amber Valley Borough Council in December last year.

The application received a huge number of objection letters – 538 in total.

However, Kronos has launched an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to have the decision overturned.

The move has prompted dismay from Save Our Countryside, a local campaign group dedicated to protecting open spaces in Alfreton.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are disappointed and dismayed that Kronos has appealed but will continue our fight against this inappropriate development in order to preserve this area of important countryside for future generations.

“Everyone who has objected so far will have their comments passed to the Planning Inspector, who will decide on the appeal, but we would urge anyone wishing to make further comments to do so by the July 22 deadline.”

A spokeswoman for Kronos confirmed that it had appealed Amber Valley Borough Council’s decision but declined to comment further.

If you would like to comment on the appeal, you can do so here.