'Will solar farm expansion ruin the countryside?'

Bryan Ledger

Bryan Ledger

First published in Local News by , Reporter

A planning application to expand a solar farm has led to concerns that the district will become overrun by green energy devices.

Tim Parker has applied to install an extra 148 solar panels to a 208-panel solar farm at Green Lane Farm, in Green Lane, Asheldham.

Asheldham and Dengie Parish Council objected to the original solar farm plans in November last year, worrying about it “setting a precedent for future development ruining the countryside”.

Bryan Ledger, parish council chairman, said that his fears had been realised by this latest planning application.

He said: “I think it’s wrong and it’s proved the precedent right.

“Will neighbours think they can go for it too?"

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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10:34am Mon 10 Mar 14

L2097 says...

We have to generate power some how. Objecting to every proposal for wind and solar helps nobody. What is the alternative Mr Ledger?

We have to move with the times and mitigate against further blots on the landscape such as the old power station - the wind farm looks quite attractive compared to that, in my view.

Opposing everything is nothing but an attempt to be popular with a few without actually giving any serious consideration of local power generation solutions.

If I'm wrong then please can Mr Ledger provide an insight into what he sees as the strategic vision for our area?
We have to generate power some how. Objecting to every proposal for wind and solar helps nobody. What is the alternative Mr Ledger? We have to move with the times and mitigate against further blots on the landscape such as the old power station - the wind farm looks quite attractive compared to that, in my view. Opposing everything is nothing but an attempt to be popular with a few without actually giving any serious consideration of local power generation solutions. If I'm wrong then please can Mr Ledger provide an insight into what he sees as the strategic vision for our area? L2097
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10:46am Mon 10 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

No problems with solar power. What's the issue? WE need the electricity, it provides jobs, it's low level development (put a hedge around it so the boring NIMBYs cant see it@.

Or would he prefer a nuclear power plant?

I am so tired of all the NIMBY whingers...
No problems with solar power. What's the issue? WE need the electricity, it provides jobs, it's low level development (put a hedge around it so the boring NIMBYs cant see it@. Or would he prefer a nuclear power plant? I am so tired of all the NIMBY whingers... Jack222
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11:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

Caroline S says...

I can't see what the problem is with solar power. It is safe, sustainable, quiet, unobtrusive....
The applications for panels on the Dengie are in a very isolated area and solar panels are much less visible than, say, polytunnels, shouldn't we be encouraging them?
I can't see what the problem is with solar power. It is safe, sustainable, quiet, unobtrusive.... The applications for panels on the Dengie are in a very isolated area and solar panels are much less visible than, say, polytunnels, shouldn't we be encouraging them? Caroline S
  • Score: 1

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