Solar plans refused on Twyford farmland
May 22, 2012
Plans to install hundreds of solar panels on farmland have been refused over concerns that their appearance would have a negative impact on the countryside.
Sheeplands Farm in Twyford Road, Wargrave, had applied to place 208 photovoltaic panels on 630 square metres of land.
Two 105 metre rows of 1.5 metre high panels were proposed to be placed in a field to the south west of the farm.
Wokingham Borough Council’s planning department refused permission last month, declaring the plans an inappropriate development that is detrimental to the open character of the green belt.
The panels would have generated renewable electricity for the farm, easing its electricity bill, as well as being exported to the grid.
The application believed the proposed installation would have very little visual impact, stressing they were static with no moving parts.
The borough council officer’s report disagreed, however, stating the panels would be placed on a visually prominent part of site, appearing obtrusive and creating an alien, incongruous feature on an otherwise undeveloped agricultural field.