Developers consider appealing against rejection of solar farm plans near Ingham

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Developers of a planned solar farm, which was rejected by councillors, say they are ‘seriously considering’ appealing against the decision.

Gamma Solar Ltd applied to build the array with 108,000 solar panels on land north west of Ingham but St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee refused permission after hearing concerns about its landscape impacts.

The scheme had been revised twice to set it back from Culford Road and include more landscape screening.

At the meeting last Thursday, Vic Blackwood, chairman of Ingham Parish Council, said the plan ‘threatens to overwhelm the village’.

Mark Candlish, director of Solafields - development partner of the project, said the land was a former landfill site and ‘an ideal location’.

Councillors voted against the plans despite officer recommendations to approve.

After the meeting, Mr Candlish said they were ‘seriously considering’ appealing - noting the officer’s view and the ‘extensive landscaping’. He added: “We’re still of the opinion it’s exactly where these sorts of projects should be located.”