Mentmore solar farm given approval with conditions

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There was a victory for renewable energy after proposals for a solar farm to be built in the parish of Mentmore was given outline approval subject to conditions.

Councillor Peter Cooper was among the local politicians who vigorously opposed the application, arguing it would have a detrimental impact on the landscape.

Speaking after the meeting of the Strategic Development Committee of Aylesbury Vale District Council last week, he said: “I don’t have a problem with green energy projects, particularly solar farms. In the right place, they can work very well.

“But where they are situated in large flat areas as in this case, the site is overlooked by so many places.”

Talking about the residents of Mentmore, he said: “I think they are a bit shell-shocked, they went to the trouble of contacting the Secretary of State and I don’t think they were expecting this.”

In spite of local opposition, the application had received no objections from agencies during official consultations and was recommended for approval with the conditions attached.