Opposition to solar farm near village

solar panels.
solar panels.

Plans for a solar farm to be built outside of Mentmore have been opposed by local councillors who say it will spoil the view of the countryside.

Developers Bowler Energy are seeking to build the 5mw farm on 11 hectares of land at Oakwood Farm, between Ledburn and Mentmore.

Cllr Peter Cooper called for the application to be refused. He said: “Such a large area of glass in this location will be highly visible and will have a major negative impact on the landscape.”

Due to a lack of members, Mentmore Parish Council originally offered no comments on the application.

Upon filling their shortfall, they amended their position to oppose the plans.

Their comments stated: “It will not only be visible but will create a significant feature, the size of more than 16 football pitches, on the landscape.”

In addition, MP John Bercow, Speaker in the House of Commons, also wrote expressing concerns over the “visual impact” of the development.

The planning report stated the solar farm would be clearly visible from Ledburn Road and houses in northeast Mentmore.

Consultation with the Environment Agency, Network Rail and and the County Highways raised no objections.

The report recommended approval be given subject to conditions. A decision will be reached by the Stategic Development Committee of Aylesbury Vale District Council on Wednesday, November 12.