December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Protestors remain set against plans for a 174 acre solar farm installation on the edge of a Norfolk village.
Around 100 people gathered at Bridgham Village Hall on Wednesday night to share their objections to plans entered to Breckland Council by green energy company, REthink, to build the facility at Hall Farm.
The development would see 144,288 solar panels installed for at least 25 years, at which point it could be removed or extended subject to further planning controls.
Despite the project’s green credentials, resident Mike Brown said it was a cynical move as the amount of power generation in East Anglia already exceeds local demand.
“One can only assume therefore that the current plethora of local Solar Farm Investment companies are essentially chancers and speculators trying to exploit the EU directive to create a future saleable commodity at the expense of some of Norfolk’s rarest landscapes.
“Future generations will never forgive us this folly if planners ignore national and local government directives to being mindful of local communities and their views. This unashamed financial exploitation must be nipped in the bud and quickly.’
Joel Tomlinson, director of REthink, said the farm would provide clean energy for the local area.
“Clean power generated through the National Grid by the Hall Farm project will primarily supply Thetford and Bridgham. This is expected to supply around 10,000 local homes and businesses with green electricity.
“This will give a saving of 285,000 tons of CO2 emissions and many other environmental pluses,” he said.
The company has also refuted claims that the farm will cause disruption to residents.
It says its design comply with the Solar Trade Association’s best practice guidelines and that the project will create no noise or waste.
The plans are expected to go before the council on September 30.