No vote wins in village referendum over solar farm

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The people of Harrold have had their say over proposals for a village solar farm.

A village referendum was held yesterday (Thursday) when 40 per cent of the local population turned out to cast their vote.

The question put to them was: “15/00444/MAF – for a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Farm with potential capacity in the order of up to 5 Mega Watts on land at Town Farm, Dungee Road, Harrold

“Do you support this specific planning application submitted by Town Farm Solar Farm Limited at this specific site?”

A total of 266 voted no, while 256 voted yes - a difference of just 10 votes.

The result of the ballot will now be used by Harrold Parish Council to form their view on the planning application.

Their comments will be taken into consideration when Bedford Borough Council’s planning committee considers the planning application to make a decision on whether the project can go ahead.

The vote, which will cost Harrold taxpayers £1,200, was conducted by Bedford Borough Council.