Planning consultancy looking at South Lopham rejection decision ‘closely’

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A spokesman for a planning consultancy that hoped to install a solar farm in South Lopham say they are looking at the rejection decision ‘closely’.

On July 7 Breckland Council unanimously rejected the plans which were earmarked for land south of the A1066 Thetford Road at Whitebreads Farm and submitted by AVIC-PCI Ltd.

A spokesman for Richard Pike Associates, the planning consultancy involved with the project, said: “In conjunction with the developers and their legal team, we are looking closely at the decision to reject the planned Whitebreads installation, in the light both of earlier acceptance and recent Government guidance.”

It would have been on 47 acres of Grade 2 agricultural land, and featured 34,000 solar panels.

Officers had initially recommended approval on the application, but, following an appeal for a solar farm in Tattingstone, near Ipswich, being rejected, the application was subsequently deferred, and officers changed their recommendation to refusal.

Breckland Council will also decide the fate of another proposed solar farm in the coming months.

REthink energy propose to build on 174 acres of land in Bridgham, housing around 135,000 panels, on behalf of farmer Peter Wright. It would be the largest in Norfolk