Solar farm gets the nod

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A solar farm with the capacity to power more than 6,000 homes has been given approval by Kettering Council.

The authority’s planning committee met last Wednesday to discuss the proposals, lodged by First Renewable Developments.

The solar farm will be built on land off Wold Road, near to the existing Burton Wold wind farm.

Councillors at last week’s meeting were told that the application before them was to be the first of three that were expected.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England lodged an objections to the proposals, saying the organisation was opposed to the loss of agricultural land.

But Kettering Council senior development officer Rebecca Collins said the land had been assessed as grade three agricultural land – which is of low quality. The application was granted subject to conditions about mitigating noise from the site being met.