SOLAR FARM: Protect our best land

An example of a solar panel
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I write regarding statements made by John Hayes, the area’s MP, in response to the recent solar farm proposal in Holbeach.

Grade one arable land cannot be returned to agriculture once it is built on.

every acre that has houses built upon it is rendered totally useless for the additional food required by the new inhabitants of these houses

The loss of thousands of tonnes of vegetables, cereals, potatoes, loaves of bread or biscuits, cannot be deemed less important than keeping poorer land that produces lower yields.

We need to remember that there is not any more grade one land available in the UK.

Therefore, every acre that has houses built upon it is rendered totally useless for the additional food required by the new inhabitants of these houses.

The UK was 62 per cent self sufficient in terms of its food production in 1962.

We, as a country, are in danger of reducing our food productivity by building on grade one arable land.

The result of producing less of our own food will be that we will be forced to import more and more food as the UK’s population increases.