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Opposition over 40,000 panel solar park in Farthinghoe

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

Proposals to install up to 40,000 solar panels in Farthinghoe have been submitted to South Northants Council.

Green Energy UK plans to build a solar park, which will produce enough energy for 2,020 homes each year, on 55 acres off Cockley Road. The 2m x 1m panels will stand 2.5m tall.

James Harrison, 32, owns the land and has lived in the area all his life. He said: “I believe in renewables, I think they are an important part of the future.

“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.”

Some villagers have not welcomed the plans. Anne Colliass’ bungalow is one of the closest to the site. She has lived there for the past 48 years, breeding Crufts-winning bull mastiff dogs.

The 77-year-old said: “I think the countryside is being taken over by things like these solar panels which could be put on the roofs of all of the warehouses, in places where the countryside has already been lost.”

Farthinghoe Action Group opposes the plan and its chairman Alan Mobley is also a neighbour to the site.

He said: “The whole view of the countryside is going to disappear. All we are going to see is tree screening and before that, certainly for five years, all we are going to see is the panels.”

Around 40 opponents to the scheme watched Farthinghoe Parish Council unanimously oppose the plans at a meeting on Wednesday.

 

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