Solar panel farm plans at Hacheston rejected

Proposals to build a solar panel farm in Suffolk have been rejected by planners.

Hive Energy wanted to create a 25 megawatt development at Church Farm in Hacheston covering a 127 acre (51 hectare) site.

Suffolk Coastal District Council's planning committee turned the idea down after objections from parish councils.

Giles Redpath, chief executive officer for Hive, said: "We are disappointed and we will be reviewing our options".

Graeme Hall, chairman on Hacheston Parish Council, said: "We were against it because of its size and the visual impact it would have on grade II-listed buildings in the village, because the solar panels won't be hidden.

"We're worried about flooding because existing drainage pipes under the field would be destroyed to make way for the panels.

"We don't believe quality farmland should be taken out of agricultural production, because we never know if we may need it again in the future."

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