Solar farm gets the nod despite concerns over loss of agricultural land

A file picture of a solar farm
A file picture of a solar farm

A 15 hectare solar farm near Burton Latimer has been given planning permission despite concerns from residents and parish councils over the loss of agricultural land.

First Renewables Ltd already had planning permission for a 34 hectare solar farm adjacent to the application site at Burton Wold Farm, and the two applications mean that the energy firm now has permission for 49 hectares of solar panels.

The scheme is part of the wider £100 million Kettering Energy Park, details of which were revealed last year.

The application for the 15 hectare site was given the go-ahead at a Kettering Council planning meeting on Tuesday evening.

Prior to the meeting, Burton Latimer Town Council and Finedon Parish Council had both expressed concerns that the solar farm would result in the loss of more open countryside.

Public consultations were also held in Cranford and Burton Latimer where similar concerns were raised, as well as comments about the impact on wildlife.

However, councillors at Tuesday’s meeting followed the recommendation of the planning officers and gave the green light to the scheme.

For more information about Kettering Energy Park, visit www.ketteringenergypark.co.uk.