Reader letter: Solar farm in South Lopham will ruin local life and countryside

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I write, as a follow up to Alan Briggs’ letter (March 7) which includes many well argued reasons for opposing this development.

I wish to make some additional comments. This site is Grade 2 agricultural land, which as such, should continue to be used for food production, directly by growing food crops or indirectly by growing animal fodder, not for industrial scale power production.

The site adjoins a busy main road with fast flowing traffic. Access by construction traffic and later by maintenance contractors would increase greatly the risk of accidents. Local residents’ lives would be subject to constant noise and disturbance, the peace and tranquillity of their homes would be entirely lost.

The local churches at North and South Lopham are very close to this site. From their church towers there is at present an unparalleled view across a beautiful valley, from the existing farms and the world renowned Lopham and Redgrave Fen towards Thetford Forest, and on a clear day, up to 18 mediaeval churches can be spotted.

Acres of solar panels would be totally out of keeping with the rest of the view, any further developments would turn the valley into an industrial complex and ruin its character.

I trust this application will be considered in a planning committee which is open to the general public, and not be considered behind closed doors.

J Vere

Church Corner

North Lopham