Telford & Wrekin Council is considering building a solar farm as it looks to protect frontline services from spending cuts.

The council has revealed it will discuss the plans for a PV development at Wheat Leasows, large enough to power 1000 homes, at a cabinet meeting on 19 September.

It would be only the second council-owned solar farm in the UK.

“This project demonstrates the Council's commitment to finding new and innovative ways to support ourselves in the face of cuts in our Government grant,” said Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin's cabinet member with responsibility for commercial strategy & economic projects.

“Not only will the proposals help to secure fund for future services but will also help to secure local energy too,” said Davies.

“We hope that these proposals will help to create a more sustainable council while securing an important source of income to support key services.

The council also confirmed that its own proposal would still be put through the rigorous consultation and planning process applied to commercially funded developments.

“We've already contacted local residents and they and the wider community will be consulted extensively throughout any planning process to ensure that all views are considered,” added Davies.