Chelveston airfield: Solar panel farm approved

Solar panels
Image caption Solar panels are to be installed on a WWII airfield

Plans for a 10-hectare solar panel farm at a former airbase in Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead.

The proposal for the old Chelveston airfield went before planners at East Northamptonshire Council on Wednesday.

Objections from three parish councils were received on grounds including the "industrialisation" of a green field site and poor visual impact.

But officials recommended the scheme be approved as part of a policy to develop renewable energy.

The 25,000 solar panels at Chelveston Renewable Energy Park could provide power for more than 2,100 households a year.

The application was lodged by the Chelveston Renewable Energy Ltd, which already had permission for wind turbines, an anaerobic digestion plant and bio-oil electricity generators on the site.

The Environment Agency asked for a revised flood risk assessment to address their concerns after originally objecting to the scheme.

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