Yelverton villagers oppose bid for solar farm that could power 2,000 homes

Concerned Yelverton residents who don't want to see the open countryside near their village having a huge solar farm on. Photo: Steve Adams Concerned Yelverton residents who don't want to see the open countryside near their village having a huge solar farm on. Photo: Steve Adams

Saturday, August 23, 2014
6:30 AM

A vision for a 40-acre solar farm in a sleepy south Norfolk village has been met with fierce opposition from residents.

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Concerned Yelverton residents who don't want to see the open countryside near their village having a huge solar farm on. Photo: Steve AdamsConcerned Yelverton residents who don't want to see the open countryside near their village having a huge solar farm on. Photo: Steve Adams

Applicant Lightsource Renewable Energy has lodged plans with South Norfolk District Council to build a 7.31MW facility at Avenue Farm, Yelverton.

While almost 30,000 panels would power more than 2,000 typical homes, residents are vehemently against it.

Richard Sapey, of Drains Lane, Yelverton, said: “These things are spreading like a rash across Norfolk.

“The site is in the village and it’s right against residential houses.

Concerned Yelverton residents who don't want to see the open countryside near their village having a huge solar Richard Sapey, left and Roger Brown near the test piles that will support the panelsfarm on. Photo: Steve AdamsConcerned Yelverton residents who don't want to see the open countryside near their village having a huge solar Richard Sapey, left and Roger Brown near the test piles that will support the panelsfarm on. Photo: Steve Adams

“We’ve seen this land cropped with potatoes, sugar beet and maize.

“I think it’s very controversial.”

The 77-year-old retired builder added that he felt traffic would be dangerous during the build phase, its appearance would be unsuitable and the land should be given an agricultural use.

But Conor McGuigan, planning and development director at Lightsource, said the firm had listened and reacted to concerns.

“Together with landscape architects and ecologists, our planning team has put together a considerable landscaping and biodiversity plan to minimise views into the site and to strengthen local wildlife habitats,” he said. “The site will also become home to a flock of sheep to ensure that the site will continues to have an agricultural use.”

He added a thorough analysis found no suitable alternative local sites.

The solar farm would not be the largest in the county, with a 72-acre facility already built off Nova Scotia Road, Caister, and a bid to build a 250-acre solar farm at the former RAF Coltishall airbase ongoing.

The Yelverton application is set to be decided next month.

7 comments

  • YesToWind&Solar......WELL SAID. In 35 years it will not benefit those in this picture anyway...so they should be thinking about their future generations benefits not their selfish ones.

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    MickB1

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • "Fierce opposition"??? I see 12 old timers standing on a patch of grass. Hardly a revolution is it. Do only 12 people live in Yelverton or is this a case that only a small minority are actually bothered about something that will likely not affect them nor their enjoyment of their own property? Sometimes people don't have enough to worry about. Sometimes those same people are the retired. For goodness sake people, remove yourselves from your positions of controversy and return to tending your greenhouses.

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    Urbancommander

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • WTH – what a comment...! Have you read the article major landscaping to will take place to minimise views to you NIMBYS. In the long run the BENEFIT is to us all and our planet by cutting carbon emissions over the next 35 years by 80% an international agreement by all for all. So what if 8% of our electricity bill goes on green plans this is our aim and we should all pay for it as WE are ultimately the reason why emissions are high in the first place. You NIMBYS are extremely selfish and should be ashamed, you say you are looking out for our countryside...BS you are only looking out for yourselves, if it has no direct benefit for you personally you don’t want to know. Don’t you idiots realise you are doing more harm than good.

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    YesToWind&Solar

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • It might be NIMBY as NROO states, but this thing will sit there as a blot for 25 years, and the only real benefit will be to make someone rich from government subsidies and from the subsidy we all have to pay on our electricity bills. If they want to build them for vast profit, do it without taking money from the people! Not like its being done to benefit this village in anyway is it.

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    WTH

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Turn their lights and power out and see if they would change their minds !

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    P.Doff

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • If these solar farms are very thoughtfully constructed with an emphasis on wildlife, they could be a massive boon to our countryside. After all most farmland is almost void of any life due to intensive spraying of herbivores and pesticides.

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    Catton Man

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Sounds like a pretty flimsy objection. Why not just tattoo NIMBY on your forehead?

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    NROO

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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