AN update on plans to create a solar farm the size of 160 football pitches in Barnsley has been given to the Chronicle.

The project, off Engine Lane in Grimethorpe, will connect to the national electricity grid via a supply point within the development site.

Put forward by Enviromena, a clean energy solutions company, the proposed solar farm comprises three land parcels made up of agricultural fields.

In total the three areas cover approximately 88 hectares equivalent to about 164 football pitches.

It would have a generating capacity of up to 49.9 megawatts of electricity - enough to meet the needs of more than 22,600 homes in Barnsley.

At the end of its 40-year operational life, the equipment will be removed, and recycled, and the entire site will be restored to its original form.

The Chronicle can reveal that Enviromena are still working on finalising their application to Barnsley Council and it’s expected to be submitted in early autumn.