Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Baylham: Opponents of 50-acre solar farm voice concerns over impact on community

13:19 02 February 2014

Residents of Baylham attending a public meeting in the village hall on Saturday to discuss plans for a 50 acre solar farm

Residents of Baylham attending a public meeting in the village hall on Saturday to discuss plans for a 50 acre solar farm

Archant

Opponents of a proposed 50-acre solar farm on land near a Suffolk village have voiced their concern about the impact the site would have on their community.

shares

The visual intrusiveness of the proposed farm, at Hill Farm, Baylham, near Needham market, and the loss of agricultural land were among the worries raised during a public meeting over the weekend.

Revised proposals for the site, which campaigners have said will be the size of 34 football pitches, have been submitted by Hive Energy Ltd after earlier plans were withdrawn last year.

People living in the village vowed to fight the plans during the meeting on Saturday.

County councillor and parish council chairman, John Field, said he did not believe the village as a whole was against renewable energy, but it was when it meant the scale of the project would be extremely large and visually intrusive on residents.

He told the meeting: “It is by no means certain (it will get the go ahead), but if we do nothing, then it is.”

An online campaign group, Hived Off, has also been set up in response to the plans for the solar farm.

Rob Blackwell, the creator of the site, said it had received strong public support.

He added: “The major feeling is that people are against it (solar farm) and lots of people are asking what they need to do.”

Bosses from Hive Energy have said the new proposals had been produced following feedback, including on the visual impact, received about last year’s application.

Julian Pertwee, from the company, said in November that the site had the potential to act as a “beautiful nature reserve”, which would improve bird and insect life.

People have until February 12 to submit their views.

To go to Hive Energy’s website visit www.hiveenergy.co.uk. For the campaign website go to www.hivedoff.org.uk

shares

5 comments

  • Here we go again first no turbines co2 blah blah blah. Now theses poor things are getting pushed out too. I dont care what anyone says as this story proves people put the value of their property before there future generations welfare.

    Report this comment

    Lee Davies

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Totally agree - Little Britain strikes again. Don't forget that you can comment on the Mid Suffolk website whether for or against...

    Report this comment

    Koog

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Councillor John Field is supporting 50acres of glass greenhouses 7 metres high in the next village of Blakenham but is against 50 acres of low level pv panels in his own village. Do I detect a hint of nimbyism here?

    Report this comment

    uk column

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • WHAT WILL PLEASE THESE PEOPLE WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT.. FOR GOD'S SAKE ITS GREEN AS IS THE STRAW POWER PLANT SOME DONT WANT IN SUFFOLK. WAKE UP PEOPLE....

    Report this comment

    User Removed

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • It's a solar farm they are low down and you can barely see it. Stop moaning let's build houses there instead then or better yet let's put wind turbines, then you'll know an eyesore. Not every farm wants to grow carrots, just go ahead with the solar panels!

    Report this comment

    mr_tall

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

A forest fire near Kingfisher Lake

Crews were called just before 2pm to the fire near Kingfisher Lake, just off the B1107.

The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

Only half of those responding to an online survey about Sudbury have visited historic market town’s key tourist attraction, figures have revealed.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge

A Suffolk MP and former housing entrepreneur has claimed staff would turn down a pay rises because they would lose their tax credits.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has blamed lost paperwork at the official parliamentary watchdog for the suspension of his official expenses card earlier this year.

The launch of Jump Street in Colchester, the first dedicated trampoline park. Josh Newman (left) and Luke Bennett in action.

Essex’s first purpose-built trampoline park has opened up.

Crowds of people head to the beach at Felixstowe to enjoy the scorching temperatures.
Ken Webb,Livia Button and Sandra Webb celebrating the hot weather.

Temperatures as high as 28 degrees have already been recorded in both counties, with Suffolk predicted to peak at 31.

Emergency services in Upper Brook Street in Ipswich

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a blaze in a block of flats in central Ipswich which caused major disruption this lunchtime.

See Luke Hyam's holiday snaps here

Over the past few weeks the Ipswich Town squad have been enjoying the break in the football calendar, with many jetting off on holiday with friends and girlfriends.

West Suffolk College Achievement Awards at Bury Cathedral. West Suffolk College Principle Dr Nikos Savvas.

Challenges in life and daunting efforts against adversity were recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

View of Alton Water taken from near Lemons Hill Bridge at Tattingstone. Photograph: KEITH MINDHAM

A body pulled from the water at Tattingstone last night has been identified by police as a 22-year-old man from the Ipswich area.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages