Solar farm plans in Bridgham are withdrawn but developers 100 per cent committed to project

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The director of the firm behind plans for a solar farm in Bridgham says the firm remains committed to the project, despite withdrawing plans days before a council was decide whether to grant it planning permission.

Breckland Council had been due to decide on the application by REThink Energy on Monday (30).

But the company director said: “As part of its ongoing consultation and engagement at different levels within the local community, REthink Energy has elected to withdraw its application to further address concerns raised in the planning officers report.

“We are determined to create an Eco-Park that addresses the legitimate concerns of all stakeholders and we believe that the substantive changes we will make will demonstrate this.

“We remain 100 per cent committed to the delivery of the Hall Farm Eco-Park and of the environmental benefits it will offer.

“The park will be a green wildlife refuge that will both improve local biodiversity and generate clean electricity for the community.”

Only this week, REThink Energy hit back at residents who had spoken out against the proposals, saying there had been a campaign of misinformation.

The developer said it had a letter from UK Power Networks stating the electricity generated would serve the Thetford area, while residents said they had a letter from the same company, which said the power would serve London and the South East.

They also disputed the impact the solar farm would have on houses.

REThink said the nearest home was 200m away and was screened by a hedge – parish council chairman Mark Dickenson said the nearest property was right against the development boundary and another 50m away.

REThink also said the plans would benefit wildlife.