Solar firm fights back with fresh application

Solar farm
Solar farm

Plans for a solar farm the size of 43 football pitches and barely 100 metres from a village hall have been resubmitted.

Green Energy UK submitted the proposal for a solar farm close to Farthinghoe at the start of the year but withdrew it in May after objections from villagers.

Now the company has revised its plans, to include a wild flower meadow, bee hives, a footpath and a gallop track.

It also claims to have addressed issues raised by villagers of noise and transportation by carrying out tests and outlining management plans.

But the Farthinghoe Action Group says the application has ‘barely changed’ and two miles of security fencing bordering the 54-acre farm will ‘destroy’ the rural landscape.

Action group chairman Alan Mobley said: “We fully support solar energy in the right location.

“But strongly object to this large scale solar farm sited on the doorstep of our village.

“The proposed development will change the character of the area and will destroy the visual amenity afforded by the open countryside views towards Cockley Hill, Greatworth, Halse and Steane.”

Objections from residents, some of whom live less than 50 metres from the site, must be submitted by September 11.

The controversial resubmission was discussed at Greatworth Parish Council meeting on Monday evening.

Its clerk Simon Loake said two councillors from Halse are comparing the new application with the original one.

He said: “They will see what the differences are and we will act accordingly but we believe the visual impact is the same so therefore it is likely that we will again object.”

Farthinghoe Parish Council meets on September 10.