Appeal date for solar farm

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Inspectors will visit a farm in Newton to decide whether the land can be used for a 69-acre solar farm.

Sun and Soil solar farm developers put in an appeal to the planning inspectorate after Babergh District Council rejected an application for Rogers Farm in Rogers Lane, Newton, to be used for renewable energy.

A planning inspector will visit the site on Tuesday, February 10, and will make a decision on the plans from the visit, along with written representations.

Council officers originally recommended approval of the site, before it was turned down by planning committee members in February.

The district council has called for the appeal to be dismissed on the following grounds:

l That the development is located within an unspoilt, locally-valued landscape.

l It is a greenfield location “graded as being of best and most versatile condition”.

l It would have a detrimental impact on the setting of listed buildings.