A huge solar farm in the countryside will have minimum visual impact and help keep energy prices down, insists the firm behind it.

Lightsource Renewable Energy wants to install 62,000 solar panels on fields south of Little Braxted Hall in Witham Road, Little Braxted.

But Witham Town Council and a number of residents in Little Braxted and Wickham Bishops fear the farm - which will cover 34.47 hectares - will ruin the landscape, including the view from Whetmead Nature Reserve in Witham.

Conor McGuigan, from Lightsource, said: “We hope the residents within the Little Braxted parish can see we are taking their concerns into account and revising our designs to ensure minimal visual impact.”