Statement from Lewes District Council

Following the submission of a new report from Ovesco into the land value of the site on which they are proposing a new solar farm, Councillor Matthew Bird has issued the statement below:

Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said:

“This report is incredibly disappointing and calls into question the feasibility of the Ovesco solar farm project.

“The information we received at the outset from Ovesco and their consultants made it clear that the land was of a lower grade and therefore a solar farm could be an appropriate use.

“It is my view now that the current Ovesco planning application is fundamentally compromised and should be withdrawn immediately.

“Council officers will also be discussing the financial implications of these developments with Ovesco.”

A copy of the report can be downloaded from our Planning pages.