A solar farm on 40 acres of land to the east of High Dyke, Woodnook, has been given planning permission.
The application was approved to install over 19,500 solar panels and accompanying infrastructure on three agricultural fields within Great Ponton parish, and adjacent to Boothby Pagnell, Little Ponton and Stroxton parishes.
As with previous solar farm applications, councillors expressed concern at the use of agricultural land. The applicant’s agent Jane Hunting, of consultants Lanpro Services, said that the majority of the land, 92.8 per cent, was of grade 3b quality, with the remaining grade 3a land too small to be farmed separately. Committee members again pointed out that some crops could still be grown on grade 3b quality land.
No members of the public that attended the meeting spoke on these plans, which were approved by 12 votes, with two abstentions and three voting against.