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Solar panel plan for Neston meets opposition
6:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Residents in Neston have opposed plans for a 14-hectare solar farm on the outskirts of the village, as a councillor promises to call in the application for scrutiny.
Plans have been submitted to Wiltshire Council for solar panels on farmland north of Wadswick Lane, which could produce 9.6MW of renewable energy.
Box Parish Council has objected following concerns by neighbours over possible destruction of habitat, the impact on road safety and loss of grazing land. It has been approved by Corsham Town Council, ahead of Wiltshire Council’s final decision.
Charles Todd, of Wadswick Lane, said: “The solar panels will be a considerable eyesore from a long way away.
“It’s a landscape that hasn’t changed for hundreds of years, so it will compromise the character of the landscape, and it will have a detrimental effect on wildlife, especially bats.”
The plans were presented at a public consultation earlier this month, but many residents claim there was limited publicity about it.
Mr Todd said: “Most people were at work; it was a very limited mailshot that publicised the particular open day.
“There are also issues with the safety of the lane itself. It has got many blind bends and currents used by walkers and cyclists who won’t be able to see above the fence.”
Wiltshire councillor for Corsham Without and Box Hill, Dick Tonge, has pledged to oppose the application.
He said: “I can’t comment directly on an application before it is heard, but I will be calling it in.”
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