Victory for campaigners as council rejects solar farm plans


Lewes District Council’s planning committee has rejected an application to build 20,000 solar panels on Tomkins Farm.

At a meeting last night (Wednesday, July 29), the decision was made to refuse Hadstone Energy Ltd permission to build the solar farm on land in North Chailey.

The news was welcomed by campaigners who had fought tirelessly to protect the fields from industrialisation.

Last week, the group handed in a 600-signature petition against the proposed development to the council, and also had the support of Maria Caulfield MP and Chailey Parish Council, which had previously opposed the application.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield said: “I support the generation of energy from renewable sources but they have to be appropriate to their area and have the support of local people.

“This was not the position in the case of the proposed solar installation at Tomkins Farm. I was happy to lend my support to the campaign and also congratulate the campaigners on their hard work in putting together the case against the proposed development.”

More details to follow.

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