Green energy schemes have mixed success

Solar panels would allow the grazing of livestock on the land
Solar panels would allow the grazing of livestock on the land

A new solar farm has been given the go-ahead by Bedford Borough Council.

The proposal to install solar photovoltaic panels and the associated equipment on land at RAF Chelveston Airfield, Yielden, was approved by the planning committee on Monday (September 21).

The development is within the Chelveston Renewable Energy Park, which straddles the border of Bedford Borough and East Northamptonshire.

Also at the meeting, planning permission was refused for a scheme to install two wind turbines at The College Equestrian Centre, in Church Road, Keysoe.

Permission had been sought for a pair of 45m turbines which the centre estimated would off-set 1,030 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

The application was originally submitted in May 2014. Objections were received from Bolnhurst and Keysoe Parish Council on the grounds it would harm the local ecology, landscape and a number of listed buildings, in particular the Grade I listed Church of St Mary the Virgin.