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Have your say

Protestors objecting to plans for a solar farm near Crowland hope moves to give residents more say will help them win their fight.

Communities now have a greater say on the location of wind turbines and solar farms in new guidance published on Monday by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Peterborough City Council’s bid for the first solar farm in the Crowland area at Morris Fen is currently facing delays while archaeological work is carried out there.

The Morris Fen application is one of three proposed sites for the energy park that will be discussed in the coming months.

Dawn Clipson, chairman of Newborough Landscape Protection Group, said: “We continue to campaign against the removal of 900 acres of grade one and two agricultural farmland to accommodate Peterborough City Council’s solar and wind projects.

“We welcome new guidelines such as those posed by Lincolnshire County Council and the recent guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government giving communities greater say on the siting of wind turbines and solar farms.”

Coun Colin Davie, county council executive member for the environment, said: “We welcome the Government’s decision to bring this guidance out quickly.

“Local people deserve to have a greater say on developments in their area and these changes couldn’t have come too soon.

“Hopefully, the new rules will give communities the power to stop the unrestrained invasion of wind farms across the county – something local people have been calling for.

“We just have to wait and see whether these changes do what the Government say they will.”