ComRes poll of South Brecklands area suggests support for Bridgham solar farm

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More than 80 per cent of residents in the South Breckland area support a proposed 174-acre solar farm in Bridgham, according to a ComRes poll.

500 people from across eight wards in South Breckland were asked whether they would support a solar farm in the village developed in accordance with industry and government best practice. 85 people were also polled where from the Heathlands and Harling ward, of which Bridgham lies, with 74% support.

Pete Grogan, founders of developers REthink, said: “Our proposals exceed best practice; our community benefits are the most generous in the country and our landscape restoration programme and conservation initiatives set new standards. Issues such these, along with ecology, biodiversity and climate change all concern the wider community.”

Mark Dickenson, chairman of the Bridgham Parish Council, said: “I think the telephone survey covered Weeting and Thetford which is miles away, and are we really interested in something unless it affects your area? I think if you asked ‘what do you think of something 15 miles away?’ you are not really particularly interested. Not one person has approached me to tell me they are in favour of it. It affects the landscape - it is a wide issue.”

REthink are yet to submit a new planning application.