Rickinghall solar farm plan dropped

Dennis Worby is glad a solar farm that would have filled the view from his bedroom windows has been dropped
Dennis Worby is glad a solar farm that would have filled the view from his bedroom windows has been dropped
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Plans for a solar farm between two villages have been dropped after protests from residents.

Yesterday morning the owner of the 117 acre site between West Street, Rickinghall, and Wattrisfield, texted a lead objector saying the plan had been dropped.

Developers Bellis Energy had already agreed after a public meeting in Rickinghall last week to ‘significantly reduce’ its proposals for 90,500 solar panels.

But land owner John Davie-Thornhill yesterday texted Dennis Worby, whose West Street home overlooks the site, saying : “As of yesterday morning at 9.35am, the proposed solar farm project in West Street field, Rickinghall, was officially terminated with no future activities taking place in connection with that scheme.”

Mr Davie-Thornhill confirmed it to the Bury Free Press shortly afterwards. “I didn’t want the anger,” he said.

Mr Worby said: “We’re absolutely delighted and relieved. Now we can sleep.

“Even the smaller scheme would still have involved problems for householders.

“To be fair to John, he listened to our reasons and took note.”

More than 50 people went to the meeting in Rickinghall Village Hall last Thursday night to voice their concerns and ask questions about the development, which would have been built on farmland. A vote showed the majority in attendance were against the scheme with a few abstaining.

Philippa Rixon, whose home in Calkewood Lane overlooks the site, said the farm was ‘for all intents and purposes a large industrial installation’ and residents had had ‘sleepless nights’ over the issue. Diane Beaumont, of Manning’s Lane, in Wattisfield, said: “It will ruin our landscape.”