Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes has warmly welcomed news that the proposed solar installation at Tomkins Farm, Chailey, has been voted down by Councillors at a meeting of the Lewes District Council Planning Committee last night.
The MP had been actively supporting local residents who contacted her incredibly concerned about the proposals for some 20,000 solar panels in the village.
The solar installation would have comprised a large number of solar panels on prime agricultural farmland. Maria Caulfield MP has been working with local campaigners against the proposed change of use on grounds of loss of agricultural land, loss of amenity, and an un-co-ordinated approach to the generation of renewable energy.
Maria 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.’