Summers backs county over “solar farm invasion”

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West Lindsey District Council leader Jeff Summers has backed a County Council call to resist good farmland being used for solar farms.

Last week, County Councillor Colin Davie wrote to Lincolnshire’s district planners highlighting his authority’s concerns about the growing number of solar farms being proposed for the county.

Coun Davie, the county’s Executive Councillor for Economic Development, Environment, Planning and Tourism said his council supported low carbon electricity but “not at the expense of ruining Lincolnshire’s unique landscape and agriculture.”

“Lincolnshire is home to the largest concentration of Grade 1 and Grade 2 agricultural land of any English county and relies on this natural bounty to feed the nation. It is Lincolnshire Council’s position to object to large-scale mounted ground solar farms where they result in the loss of the best and most versatile agricultural land and give rise to visual harm to the landscape and setting of historic buildings and settlements,” he said.

Coun Summers agreed, saying West Lindsey had refused two plans recently at Burton and Riseholme near Lincoln, but last year it also approved a major solar farm at RAF Faldingworth.

“It’s sacrilege that you should put solar farms on land of high quality. The old air base had no further use, so it made sense there,” he said.