Plans for a solar farm in the Langtons

A solar panel farm
A solar panel farm

Plans for a solar farm in the Langtons near Market Harborough have just been submitted to Harborough District Council.

The proposed “green power” site would occupy a 35-acre plot owned by local farmer Richard Haynes, which is south-west of Thorpe Langton, south-east of East Langton, and about three miles north of Market Harborough town centre.

The site is about nine miles as the crow flies from a 41-acre solar farm at Houghton on the Hill, approved by district council planners last week.

The two nearest Langton parish councils have yet to give their response to the plans.

But local resident Michael Thompson, from Thorpe Langton, told the Mail: “In my view this isn’t the right place a for a solar farm. It’s a lovely area of unspoilt countryside, and a solar farm would destroy its beauty completely.”

Site owner and local farmer Mr Haynes said: “I’m doing my little bit for the planet with this solar farm.

“I’m 83, so I shan’t see the damn thing through, but it’s for our children and our children’s children.

“And it’s in a place where it can’t be seen easily from any homes.”

A solar farm also brings useful extra income to a landowner, during its 25-30 year lifespan.

The company that would rent the land from Mr Haynes, and operate the solar farm is London-based Lightsource Renewable Energy.

The company’s Mike Day has told The Mail: “We already have around 100 sites across the UK - solar farms and rooftop installations - making us the largest solar panel company in the country.”

He said the solar panels would be “rarely glimpsed” beyond the site’s screening.

The UK is committed to meeting 15 per cent of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020.