Mallard Pass is a proposed 2,105 acre solar plant, over a fertile collection of fields stretching just north of Stamford and across Eastern Rutland, around the beautiful villages of Essendine, Carlby, Braceborough, Casewick, Belmesthorpe and Ryhall.

It would be eight times the size of the U.K.’s largest solar plant – the 250 acre Shotwick Solar Park in Flintshire. It’s the size of 1,400 football pitches. It’s so large that it can’t be approved by Rutland County Council – it has to be approved by the Government as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

Together with Mallard Pass Action Group and local Councillors, I’m working to convince the Government to take residents' views into account – and stop this development.

 

I am running two initiatives to get our voices heard. This is how you, your family, and your friends can help:

 

1. LETTER CAMPAIGN: I am asking everyone opposed to Mallard pass to write me a letter explaining why, which I will then personally deliver to the Secretary of State for Energy. If enough people write in it will be an extremely powerful indicator of our collective opposition. I would love to have so many letters to deliver that it requires a forklift! 

Please post your letter to:

Alicia Kearns MP

House of Commons 

SW1A 0AA

 

2. PARLIAMENTARY PETITION: I will be presenting this to the House of Commons and the more signatures we have the greater my argument will be. Any UK resident can sign, so please email me if you would like to add your voice and I will post some sheets directly to you, or anyone in the country: alicia.kearns.mp@parliament.uk

The deadline for both is: 16th February 2024

 

My concerns are as follows:

  1. 2,238 acres is too large - this would make it over 8 times larger than the current largest solar plant in the UK.
  2. Loss of graded agricultural land - the proposed site for the development consists of 6% grade 2 land, 47% grade 3a land, and 47% grade 3b land. As such, Government guidance is clear that this site is not suitable for solar development.
  3. Evidence of forced labour in Canadian Solar's supply chains - you can read Sheffield Hallam University's new report into Uyghur forced labour in solar supply chains here. The report dedicates 5 pages to Canadian Solar, the primary developer behind the proposed development.
  4. Biodiversity and environmental concerns - in particular for Rutland's rare bird population.
  5. Traffic concerns - especially lorries passing local schools on rural roads.
  6. Flooding risk - several areas affected are already classified as at risk.
  7. Inadequate consultation and poor public engagement by the developers.
  8. Large application for compulsory acquisitions in Essendine.

 

We all want to play our part in achieving Net Zero –  but this scheme would be a disaster for our environment, biodiversity, and our very way of life.

All my best to you and yours -

Alicia Kearns

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