Solar Farming

North Tawton giant ‘eco park’ solar farm plan refused

Plans for a solar farm measuring the size of about 80 football pitches have been refused in Devon.

The 140 acre plan near North Tawton was rejected due to the visual impact and farmland that would have been lost.

The company behind it, Kinetica Energy, said it would have created enough energy for 5,000 homes and included areas for grazing or wildlife.

It is not clear whether it will appeal the decision.

A spokesman said: “Kinetica are naturally disappointed with the decision by the Planning Officer to refuse the application of the North Tawton Eco Park.”

“Over the last three years we have worked tirelessly… to deliver a high quality renewable energy scheme.”.

West Devon Borough Councillor Louise Watts said: “It was over such a big area, it was visually going to have such a big impact on the town from everywhere. Also it was going to be on very good quality farmland and we didn’t really want to lose that”.

Penny Mills from the Campaign to Protect Rural England said: “It’s a power station at the end of the day and we don’t want them on our green fields”

January 13, 2016 / by / in