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Villagers air concerns over solar park plan

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Alan Mobley, chairman of Farthinghoe Action Group (FAG), Andrea Leadsom MP and FAG member Julian Foote NNL-140104-112511001

Left to right Alan Mobley, chairman of Farthinghoe Action Group (FAG), Andrea Leadsom MP and FAG member Julian Foote NNL-140104-112511001

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has listened to the views of concerned residents in Farthinghoe as they fight against plans to build a solar park near the village.

More than 200 people living in and around the village have signed a petition opposing plans to build a 55-acre industrial scale site close to the A422.

A meeting was held in the village hall on Monday to share the results with Mrs Leadsom.

Alan Mobley is chairman of the Farthinghoe Action Group, made up of concerned villagers. He said: “The area will be the size of some 30 football pitches and surrounded by high security fencing with security cameras at regular intervals around it. No amount of tree planting will hide this, situated as it is in a rolling valley.

“The stretch of the A422 between the village and Brackley is already an accident blackspot, and the distraction of fields of solar panels would have potential devastating effects for the 3.5 million vehicles using the road.”

Green Energy UK has submitted plans for the site near Cockley Road to South Northamptonshire Council. When completed, the site would be filled with 48,000 solar panels. Sisters Anne Colliass and Rosemary Hobbs have lived near each other in the village for decades and are concerned their homes, which are close to the proposed site, will be blighted by the solar park.

Mrs Hobbs said: “It is going to be an enormous eyesore. I love nothing more than to relax in my garden but this site will only be 80 metres away and it is going to be horrible. The only view I will get will be a sea of ugly black panels stretching across the horizon.”

Mrs Leadsom said: “Whilst I have received some correspondence in support of the scheme, it was made clear to me that there is a great deal of concern about the siting of the solar farm and the impact it would have on the rural setting and on particular residents.”

 

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