Wood Lodge Solar Farm Holding Objection

STAUNCH have just published their holding objection to the proposed Wood Lodge Solar Farm. Much of the site is located within Titchmarsh Parish – running parallel to the A14.

STAUNCH fully support renewable energy. However, it is important that all such schemes should be considered on the basis that they appropriate and proportionate for the environments in which they are intended to be sited.

If the Wood Lodge plans were to go ahead it would cover a greenfield site of approximately 147 acres. Much of the lost agricultural land is classed a BMV – or Best and Most Versatile land. This is defined as grade 1, 2 or 3a of the Agricultural Land Classification. This land is considered the most flexible, productive and efficient and is most capable of delivering crops for food.

Furthermore, the Wood Lodge site is only a few hundred meters from another proposed solar project at Foxholes Farm, which itself covers 154 acres of agricultural land.

The STAUNCH objection states…

This application has been poorly executed with many incorrect facts, has ignored Planning Regulations and omits many legally required surveys and should be refused.

  • This Solar Farm application goes against Government Planning Laws including the NPPF
  • This Solar Farm goes against North Northants’s Local Plan
  • Farmland is a totally inappropriate site for solar panels
  • 28ha of BMVL lost forever with more proposed
  • North Northants Council are obliged to request a dormouse survey from the developers on ANY proposed development site
  • continued…

To read the objection in full, click here.

You can learn more about the Wood Large Solar Farm plans at the link below:

NE/23/00858/FUL | Installation of a solar farm comprising ground mounted solar PV panels with a generating capacity of up to 49.99MW, including mounting system, battery storage units, inverters, underground cabling, stock proof fence, CCTV, internal tracks and associated infrastructure, landscaping, biodiversity net gain and environmental enhancements for a temporary period of 50 years. | Land South Of Wood Lodge Farm Huntingdon Road Thrapston

Closing date for objections is on Friday 13th.

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