There are currently four proposals for industrial-scale solar farms in the area, covering over 10,000 acres of land. This is equivalent to 5,000 football pitches and 36 times larger than the largest solar farm currently in the UK. Almost 20km from one end to the other, with a perimeter stretching over 80km. Much of the land earmarked for development is currently used for agricultural purposes.
The West Burton, Cottam and Gate Burton projects create an industrial-scale solar plant inappropriately designed and disproportionate in response to the need for renewable energy.