A 50-ACRE solar farm could soon be built near the city under new plans.

The proposals by BRL Solar UK would see the solar farm built on Birchall Green Farm in Sinton Green near Worcester.

The solar farm, which would be used for 40 years, would create enough energy to power 7,000 homes and businesses according to the application submitted to Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC).

As much as 4,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) would be saved every year.

BRL Solar said a number of new hedges would be planted to mask as much of the solar farm as possible and all public rights of way would remain open.

The solar panels would also not need to be secured into the ground with concrete which would allow sheep to continue grazing between and underneath them.

If approved, construction of the solar farm would take around six months.

A statement included with the application said: “Solar farms use photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate energy from daylight and distribute it through the existing electricity grid to homes and businesses in the local area and nationwide.

“The site will be connected to the existing overhead power lines that cross the site.

“The height of the entire development is expected to be no more than three meters and the installation is located away from as many homes as possible.

“Solar farms make very little noise in operation and will not be audible outside of the development itself.

“The proposed development is for the installation and operation of a ground-mounted solar farm of around 25MW that will generate and deliver electrical power directly to the local distribution network.

“This will generate approximately 25 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity every year, which is enough to power in excess of 7,000 homes in the local area.

“The scheme will be operational for 40 years and so the application is for 40 years plus up to one additional year each for construction and decommissioning, totalling 42 years.

“Once decommissioned, the development will be completely removed and returned to its current use.”

The plans can be viewed via the planning section of MHDC’s website.

The application number is 21/01846/FUL.

Public consultation ends on November 11.