Bid for 26-acre solar panel farm in Langho

Farmland at Little Snodworth Farm where a planning application has been made to erect 17,000 solar panels.

Farmland at Little Snodworth Farm where a planning application has been made to erect 17,000 solar panels.

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Protesters are calling for villagers in Langho to oppose a major scheme to build a solar farm that would be the “size of 15 premier league football pitches”.

A planning application for almost 18,000 solar panels to be placed on green belt land at Little Snodworth Farm has been made to Ribble Valley Borough Council.

It will have a detrimental and devastating effect on the landscape and I urge everyone in Langho to look at this plan and make representations to Ribble Valley Borough Council against it

Campaigner

The major project involves erecting solar panels on the ground covering just over 26 acres at the site in Snodworth Road. It will be divided across three areas with almost 17,842 solar panels in rows. The development would also be surrounded by CCTV towers.

Details of the plan, which has been submitted by Mr Andrew Freeth of Bangor based Mulbrick Clean Energy, have been posted on the Langho Matters website and a leaflet drop is being planned.

One fierce opponent to the plan, who asked not to be named, said the solar farm would be an “enormous eyesore.”

The resident said: “This would take away 26 acres of land that is designated green belt. It will be totally out of keeping with countryside in what is a lovely area of the Ribble Valley. It is on elevated land so will be seen for miles around and from across the Forest of Bowland.

“It will have a detrimental and devastating effect on the landscape and I urge everyone in Langho to look at this plan and make representations to Ribble Valley Borough Council against it.”

A detailed report presented by a renewable energy consultancy company supports the plan on the grounds that, although the land is currently used for horse paddocks, the land owners are in the process of reducing the business and the fields would continue to be used for grazing smaller livestock.

The report, prepared by Green Cat Renewables, also states environmental assessments have been carried out and no adverse impact was predicted as a result of the solar farm being built. It also points out the Snodworth site was identified as a potential site through contacts with the local farming communities.

If the scheme is given the green light the development could be generating electricity by the end of this year.

A spokesman for Ribble Valley Borough Council said it would be inappropriate to comment on the planning application as it was live.

The planning application can be viewed online at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk or at the council offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe. Anyone who would like to comment on the plan should write to the council by Friday, August 21st