Solar farm row as controversial plans loom

Objectors at the site of the proposed solar farm.

Objectors at the site of the proposed solar farm.

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Protest group members will meet representatives of a company behind a controversial solar farm plan at a public meeting on Wednesday

Residents in Mawdesley and Heskin are fighing plans for the proposed development by MS Power Projects Ltd.

The proposed 60-acre, 11 megawatt scheme be sited on farmland belonging to Heskin Old Hall Farm, Tannersmith Lane, Heskin.

John Brindle, of the Mawdesley Solar Farm Protest Group, said: “The developer MS has asked to meet representatives of the protest group. They want an opportunity to talk to us and describe the development and the shape it’s going to be.

“We’re happy to meet them because we want to find out as much of what their intentions are as we can.

“There’s a large protest - there are signs all over Mawdesley. The protest is a big group, there’s about two hundred of us now.”

The protest group will sent out letters to all residents in the village on Saturday.

John added: “This thing has the ability to impact on the quality of life of a lot of people. It’s in very close proximity to houses.”

Mawdesley councillor Keith Iddon said: “I support the green belt and to me it’s an unacceptable development in the green belt area - and there’s no special circumstances to do it. I can’t think of any. Having said that, no application has gone in yet.

“I do agree we need green energy, but it’s got to be in the right place and the right type.

“There’s fors and againsts in the village, but if you live nearby you’ll be against it.”

Chris Brake, planning and operations director for MS Power Projects Ltd, said; “The project is still being assessed at the moment and we are meeting with representatives of that group.”

He said when the assessment work was finalised, the company would hold formal consultations with the wider community and meet both Mawdesley and Heskin parish councils.