Proposed solar farm more than double size of village

The proposed solar farm in Culford Road between Ingham and Culford
The proposed solar farm in Culford Road between Ingham and Culford
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A proposed solar farm between Ingham and Culford has been condemned as too big while providing nothing for the villages.

The Spanish company Gamma Solar who want to instal a 52 hectare solar farm on Culford Road, showed its plans at a public exhibition in St Bartholomew Church, Ingham, on Thursday.

It is on a former county council land fill site which the land owner Frank Stennett described as ‘very very poor’ agricultural land. Part of the site will not be used because liquid waste was once dumped there,

The company says it will generate 26,100kW hours, enough for 5,520 homes. Access will be by tracks that have existed since the land fill days and the remotely monitored site will have infra-red cameras to avoid flood lighting.

But this week, parish chairman Vic Blackwood said: “We will be objecting because we feel it will be too large a facility, too close to the village.

“It’s more than twice the size of the village. It will dwarf the village and be highly visible.”

He said the parish council had surveyed homes closest to the site and found only about six of around 70 householders in favour of it.

He said that while land owners, developers and power companies would profit from the solar farm, ‘it does nothing for the village’.

Villagers at the exhibition echoed his view.

Yvonne Scase said: “It won’t bring us community spirit, it won’t bring us a shop.

“We need more things in this village that will help the village.”

Linda Anslow said: “It will have a massive visual impact. I don’t understand why it’s so close to the village.”

The parish council plans to hold a public meeting on the plan.