Solar farm protestors still awaiting plans

Photo Ian Robinson'Protestors agianst the solar farm which could be built on land in Mawdesley

Photo Ian Robinson'Protestors agianst the solar farm which could be built on land in Mawdesley

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Anti-solar farm campaigners are still awaiting a formal application for the controversial development in the Chorley countryside.

The Mawdesley and Heskin Solar Farm Protest group, though, says despite the situation going quiet, it is not letting its defences down.

Developers MSP had been expected to submit a full planning application to Chorley Council in July,

Initial details, revealed in a pre-planning application, indicate that as much as 60 acres of land, or 34 football pitches, owned by Heskin Old Hall Farm, Tannersmith Lane, Heskin, could be transformed into a solar farm.

But the company, which held consultations with villagers and the parish council, has not come up with any plans as yet. Paul Hunter, of the protest group, said yesterday: “We’re assuring all our supporters we are still very active and still have all our protest signs up.

“We’re asking people to support us by continuing to display their protest signs.

“The parish council have failed to get a response from the developers, which surprises us because they have agreed in the past to engage with them.”

Mr Hunter speculated whether the proposed scheme would go ahead, 
saying: “There’s a lot of financial pressure on these small companies and I’m just wondering if they’re feeling the pinch.”

No one from MSP was available for comment.