SOLAR FARM: Relief to see plan refused

Land at Sutton St James
Land at Sutton St James

Further to your article in the Lincolnshire Free Press on September 1, I would like to thank the councillors who voted to refuse an application to build a third large solar farm in Sutton St James.

Despite considerable lobbying by local residents, including the recently-formed Little Eau Objectors Group, the council officers disappointingly recommended approval.

After representations by resident Michelle Coleman and John Hayes MP that argued against the proposal, the application was thankfully refused by 10 votes to two.

The decision was warmly welcomed by everyone who would otherwise have been affected by this scheme.

In my opinion, there were so many reasons why this development should not go ahead. These include the adverse visual impact on the Fen landscape, the setting of two Grade II listed buildings and the loss of good agricultural land – a point that is contrary to Government policy.

None of these should be ignored in favour of renewable energy production that could and should be done elsewhere on better suited brownfield or roof sites.