Shadow cast over plan for solar energy farm

Solar farm. Silversone.
Solar farm. Silversone.

Solar panel energy plans for land between Brackley and Turweston have caused outrage among villagers.

Lark Energy has submitted plans to Aylesbury Vale District council (AVDC) for an 18.5-acre site to the north of Turweston, alongside the A43, enough to power 850 homes for a year. Mark Jones and his wife Karen live at Hopcraft Farm in Turweston, which borders the site.

He said: “About 50m away from our house there is going to be a solar farm of 18 acres which is going to drench our outlook, the outlook of our farm.”

Villagers are concerned the plan for 13,460 panels will have a detrimental visual impact on the area. Mr Jones said he was not against solar energy in princicple, in fact he has panels installed on the roof of his farmhouse. He suggested the 30-acre roof space available at the nearby industrial estate could be a better location.

AVDC has received numerous submissions from concerned neighbours who are opposed to the proposals. Added to this are the objections of South Northants Council and Turweston Parish Council (TCP). Both authorities cite the visual impact of the scheme as their grounds for objection. Cherie Carruthers, clerk for TCP, added the council was also concerned about the reduction of a rural setting, the impact on the Brackley river side walk and the direct impact on the Hopcraft Farm property.

Brackley Town Council issued no objections.

AVDC will decide on the plans in the new year.

Plans for a solar farm at Turweston Aerodrome were approved last September without objection, due to the industrial nature of the site.