protestors are celebrating after plans for a 14-hectare solar farm in Neston were rejected.

Plans were submitted to Wiltshire Council for the installation of solar panels on farmland north of Wadswick Lane, which would feed energy into the National Grid.

Several neighbours had voiced their opposition to the bid, claiming it would have a negative impact on the surrounding landscape, and would reduce visibility for walkers, joggers and cyclists who regularly use the lane.

Neston resident Charles Todd, who led protests, said: “The correct decision has been made and the beautiful countryside in the lane has been preserved for this and future generations to enjoy.

“The residents of Neston and Wadswick strongly opposed the plans on sound planning issues and with the backing of the county’s own specialists and planning officers their campaign has been successful.

“We hope that this will act as encouragement to other communities which are fighting to preserve the countryside from inappropriate developments.”

The application was supported by Corsham Town Council but not by Box Parish Council. Wiltshire councillor Dick Tonge had promised to call the application in for review if it were approved. Plans for solar farms near Poulshot and Melksham are still being considered by Wiltshire Council.