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Clacton/Frinton/Kirby: Plans rejected for solar farm conversion
4:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
PLANS to transform an area of farmland into a sea of solar panels have been rejected by town councillors.
An application has been launched to install 48,000 solar panels on an area of Sladburys Farm.
The solar farm bid came up at the latest meeting of Frinton and Walton Town Council.
Sladburys Farm is in Clacton, but crosses over the border into the territory covered by the town council.
But councillors said they want the proposed site to remain as farmland.
Mark Cossens said: “We have been told we should all be supporting British agriculture more.
“This land is currently used for agriculture and is quite high quality farmland, so I’m not convinced it should be turned over for energy generation."
The solar farm would be able to create enough energy to power 2,700 homes.
The town council has recommended refusal but Tendring Council will have the final say on the project.