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Controversial solar park plans withdrawn

Farthinghoe Action Group against the solar farm. Chairman Alan Mobley on the right.
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Farthinghoe Action Group against the solar farm. Chairman Alan Mobley on the right. 140312M-B127 PNL-141203-151408001

 

Plans to install 40,000 solar panels in the Northants countryside have been withdrawn from South Northants Council - for now.

Green Energy UK, the company behind the solar park proposal at Farthinghoe, confirmed the plans have been withdrawn to work on four key points raised by SNC planning officers.

Daniel Corcoran, Green Energy UK planning officer, said issues surrounding the archaeology, ecology, noise and local amenity would be looked at.

He added: “We are definitely going to resubmit the plans, nothing significant will be changed. Now we need to work with the relevant bodies to make sure there is significant time for them to look at what we are proposing and to ensure they feel comfortable with the plans.”

Green Energy UK hopes the scheme will produce enough energy for 2,020 homes each year, on 55 acres off Cockley Road.

The news has been welcomed by Alan Mobley, chairman of the Farthinghoe Action Group, which was set up to oppose the plans.

Mr Mobley, who lives next door to the proposed site, said: “We are relieved and delighted the application has been withdrawn, but it is possible the applicants might re-design and submit again – no celebrations just yet.”

The action group gained the support of South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom and presented her with a petition containing more than 200 signatories against the plans.

At the time of making the application, land owner James Harrison said he believed renewables were an important part of the future. He added: “People object to things, people object to change but once it is bedded in there is very little impact and a really positive effect in terms of the energy generated.”

 

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