Villagers have rallied to fight off an ‘unwelcome sea of grey metal’ as plans progress for 72,000 solar panels outside their houses.
Burton Green Residents’ Association held a public meeting against the Nailcote Farm plans to deliver renewable energy over 25 years.
Calling for villagers to fight off the ‘unwelcome sea of grey metal’ just off Cromwell Lane, they now hope that objections will be lodged.
Terry Heyes, who is heading up a group to fight the application, described it as “yet another blight on an already strained community”.
“The meeting was very well attended, we had a full hall and people from Coventry, Berkswell, Balsall Common and councillors,” he said.
“The parish councils intend to lodge an objection and we hope individuals do too.”
First put forward in March by developer Green Energy UK, the farm would span around 84 acres of undeveloped land towards Berskwell.
But Mr Heyes explained that the proposals would ‘destroy’ the narrow slice of green belt land currently separating the village in what is known as the Meriden Gap.
There are also fears of flooding at the site which is crossed by Canley Brook, and worry that once the panels reach the end of their 25 year life span, the site would be classed as brownfield - leaving it open to development.
Mr Heyes explained: “We have the threat of HS2 right through the middle of the village, a housing application off Red Lane, and now this which will be a major industrial development.
“It sounds as though we are playing a NIMBY card, but this is not the case. There are many areas where these could be placed and not have a massive impact on a community.”
Green Energy UK which is behind the application, has held community consultations and ensured they are working with the community to find the best way forward.
The application has been lodged with Solihull planning department. Objections must be received by September 4.