Litchardon Cross

Solar Farm

Aura Power have been granted planning permission for a solar farm proposal at Litchardon Cross, Newton Tracey, North Devon, EX31 3QD. The solar farm will generate enough electricity to power 12,700 homes, thereby saving 15,800 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.

Litchardon Cross Solar Farm will be built without subsidy, and will therefore compete with fossil fuel generation on a level playing field. By increasing the supply of power, our solar farm will help to reduce national power prices, whilst securing regional investment and jobs. As a local business, our solar farm will also be contributing nearly £100,000 in business rates to North Devon Council every year. Furthermore, Aura is proposing to set up a Community Benefit Fund of £350 per MW per year (index-linked), for the lifetime of the solar farm. This could amount to £17,500 a year for 35 years or over £612,000 in total. £2,000 a year would be set aside for educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm, with the remainder being shared between the parishes of Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey, Fremington and neighbouring parishes, used for social and environmental community projects.

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The application was determined at the North Devon Council Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 28th April 2021 and was granted unanimous consent.

Further information regarding construction will be announced in due course.

North Devon Council planning application number: 71708


Apr 2021

The application was granted approval at the North Devon Planning Committee Meeting on the 28th April.

July 2020

The planning application has now been submitted. You can view this by clicking on the link in the other tab.

Jan 2020

The public exhibition was held at Lovacott Village Hall. Here we showcased the plans and designs to the local community, answered any questions and took feedback. If you were unable to come along, we would still encourage you to get in touch with any thoughts via the comment section at the bottom of this page.

Mar 2019

Grid connection is secured with Western Power Distribution, the local network operator.

Dec 2011

Aura Power identifies the land, and begins preparatory work for the solar installation. This includes extensive ecological and landscape studies.



tonnes of CO2 saved every year

Based upon 340 tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh for electricity supplied by gas, published by DBEIS (28th March 2019) 2018 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Provisional Figures Statistical Release: National Statistics.


equivalent number of homes powered with electricity

Stated figure is calculated the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2017’ updated September 2019, which reports an average domestic consumption per household of 4 489kWh (DBEIS, 2019). NB. All figures reported to 3 significant figures unless stated otherwise.


MWh (net) of electricity every year

Using a Solar Radiation Database (source: figure of 3.33kwh/m2/day, a candidate solar panel irradiation efficiency of 15.1% and 10% array losses.

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Our Proposal

Site Location

Whilst offering ecological benefits locally, we understand that solar farms can represent a change to the landscape. As such, we have conducted a number of environmental and visual surveys to establish the presence of any such effects. Our sensitively designed site endeavours that any impacts will be avoided as far as possible, and mitigated where not. The land will continue to be used for food production with sheep grazing and the landowners are given an opportunity to diversify their livelihoods as the future of farming becomes more uncertain.

Construction Access Route

The construction period will be approximately 3 months. The access for construction vehicles will be via the Old Bideford Road from Barnstaple as shown on the map below and avoids any traffic through the villages around the site. Deliveries are well spaced throughout the construction period and will be restricted, wherever possible, to off-peak weekdays between 09.00 – 15.00.

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