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Great North Road Solar Farm & Energy Park

The PC just received the Scoping Opinion Document in relation to the GNR Solar Farm and Energy Park. Please note that this is NOT a planning application it is part of the initial consultation process. This application will be dealt with by the Secretary of State and not Newark & Sherwood District Council. Also note that an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required as part of the overall submission. The précis below is taken form the original email received by way of explanation:

“To inform the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided within the Environmental Statement (ES), the Applicant has requested a Scoping Opinion from the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State and our Parish has been identified as a consultee. Both Local Planning Authorities and Parish/Town Councils play an important role in the planning process by providing area specific knowledge and representing local communities. The Applicant must have regard to comments made within the Scoping Opinion as the submitted ES must be based on the most recently adopted Scoping Opinion. Therefore, your comments at this stage are valuable at influencing the scope of the ES by reviewing the Applicant’s approach to EIA as set out within their Scoping Report.”

The attached Scoping Opinion Document and covering letter will be put on the home page of the PC website for reference. The deadline for consultation responses is Thursday 07th December 2023 and is a statutory deadline which cannot be extended. Could you please forward any comments that you have to the Clerk as a matter of urgency and no later than Monday 27th November so that they can be collated and co-ordinated with other local Parish Councils in order to provided a specific PC and joint Parishes response.

Please pass on the information below or forward to other parishioners who may not be included in the various social media groups or have access to the internet.

The Scoping Opinion Document is currently too large to be uploaded to the website however it can be accessed by following the link below:

The Parish of Averham, Kelham & Staythorpe

Averham, Kelham and Staythorpe are three attractive, rural villages situated along the River Trent in the county of Nottinghamshire, lying approximately three miles to the northwest of Newark. There are a number of facilities within the parish boundary including the Robin Hood Theatre which houses a lively and very active theatre group, the Kelham Fox pub and restaurant, Kelham House Country Manor hotel and The Renaissance at Kelham Hall.

The Parish has a long and interesting history. It was also the subject of a project looking into what lies beneath the village of Kelham and archaeologists uncovered some interesting archaeological finds along the river and under our gardens which can be seen on their website using the links below.  Off the back of the results of the Kelham Revealed project the team have plans to undertake a “follow on” phase to conduct further fieldwork into the Roman sites and Medieval watermills identified by the previous works.

About the project: 

Report pages:          

There is rich history within the parish and it is a fascinating place to live. It contains numerous listed buildings including the Grade I Listed Kelham Hall, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style for the Manners-Sutton family, the churches of St Wilfred and St Michael, both Grade I listed located in Kelham and Averham respectively.  In addition there is Kelham Bridge (Grade II 1857), the Causeway Arches (Grade II 1770) designed by John Smeaton, Kelham House built for the Manners-Sutton family in 1903, a number of other listed buildings and houses dating from C17 plus Averham Moat and Enclosure which is a listed as a Scheduled Monument by Historic England.

There are a number of active groups which includes a walking club, the W.I., bell ringing group, the gardening club and the Robin Hood Theatre.  All residents are encouraged and welcome to get involved in community groups and projects. There is also a local magazine, The Plough, which contains local news and information about the parishes and their churches which is accessible online and will provide the most up to date information on these and other groups. 

The Parish Council meets regularly throughout the year and welcomes all parishioners to our meetings which are held in the Robin Hood Theatre . Your councillors are all local people who live in one of the villages and so we have every parishioner’s interest at the heart of what we do. Please contact us through the Contact page on this website our the Parish  Clerk if you have any questions or suggestions for us.