Norfolk

Bridgham solar farm: Application withdrawn by developer

Bridgham solar farm field
Image caption An amended planning application is expected to be submitted next month

An application to build a 174-acre (70 hectare) solar energy farm near a Norfolk village has been withdrawn.

Rethink Energy wanted to install 144,288 solar panels at Hall Farm and Field Barn Farm in Bridgham.

But the firm said it had withdrawn the plans after they were recommended for refusal by Breckland Council due to the potential impact on the landscape.

An amended planning application is expected to be submitted to the council next month.

Director Joel Tomlinson said revisions would include where the boundary of the site fell.

Local people complained the site would be too near to properties and would ruin the environment.

Other people and bodies that have raised objections to the site include MP Elizabeth Truss, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Bridgham and Harling parish councils.

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