Solar farm plan withdrawn

A plan to develop a solar panel farm in a Harborough district village has been dramatically withdrawn – just a few days before the district council was due to make a decision on it.

The original scheme was for solar panels over 110 acres of land – equivalent to 62 football pitches – on a site at Beeches Farm, Mowsley Road, Theddingworth, west of Market Harborough.

Harborough District Council had been due to make a decision on the application submitted by Peterborough-based Abbey Renewables Solar Energy at a planning meeting on Tuesday night.

But four days before the meeting, the council was notified that the planning application had been withdrawn.

Theddingworth Parish Council chairman Michael Rainey said: “We’re very pleased that our voice has been listened to.”

The district council had received letters objecting to the plan from 93 households.

Planning officers had recommended that the committee refuse the application to develop the site.

Officers said in a report to the committee that the proposal would be a “visually intrusive feature”.

The applicant had said the “well-contained” solar farm would have generated enough power to supply about 8,000 homes with green energy.