Councils Debate Solar Farm – Shaftesbury Says No, Motcombe Wants Villagers’ Feedback

Shaftesbury Town Council is opposing plans for the Fern Brook Solar Farm to the west of Motcombe. The Planning meeting heard that the installation would be ‘a horrific intrusion’ when viewed from parts of Shaftesbury.

The mayor, Cllr Andy Hollingshead, said the solar panels would look ‘like a spaceship’. But some councillors, including Virginia Edwyn-Jones and John Lewer, were conflicted and recognised the need to support sustainable energy in a climate emergency. The proximity of the site to a historically important area is also a concern for some members.

Plan of the Solar Farm by Low Carbon.

Alfred attended the public presentation by the solar farm’s promoter Low Carbon at Motcombe Memorial Hall yesterday. You can hear one of their executives answer our questions in our report. We also speak with villagers leaving the presentation.

Beverley Rodbard-Hedderwick and James-Turley of Low Carbon

Motcombe Parish Council debated the plans last night, too. Our report outlines some of the issues discussed. Motcombe won’t decide yet whether to support, oppose or remain neutral over these plans. They want to give villagers one week to share their views.