Solar panels considered in East Northamptonshire

A solar farm with some sheep. The solar panels will cover two fields near Islip, Northamptonshire

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Plans to install more than 21,000 solar panels in two fields in east Northamptonshire are to be considered by district councillors.

The solar park would be created in open countryside to the west of Islip, Northamptonshire.

If approved, it is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 12,000 homes.

However, some local people have expressed concerns about its appearance in the countryside.

The company behind the project, Wirsol Solar UK, already has a contract to provide solar panels for council buildings in Corby.

Managing director of Wirsol Solar UK, Peter Davis, said: "The solar panels will sit within tall hedgerows so you won't see it unless you go into the fields."

The company also has a landscaping plan to thicken vegetation around the panels so that it fits in with the environment.

The land is expected to continue to be used as a farm and sheep will be allowed to graze around the solar panels.

"Only about 25% of the field will be covered with solar panels and the sheep are our maintenance team because they keep the grass nice and short," said Mr Davis.

East Northamptonshire Council's development control committee will consider whether to grant planning permission at a meeting later.

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