Council organises more sessions to debate solar farm

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THREE extra exhibitions have been organised by Fareham Borough Council to let people know about controversial solar farm plans.

Due to high public demand, the council will host the sessions in a bid to inform more residents about the plans.

IB Vogt has applied to build what would be the UK’s biggest solar farm on land considered to be a strategic gap between Fareham and Stubbington.

Cllr Nick Walker, chairman of the planning committee, said: ‘These public events will give people an opportunity to find out more. I would urge anyone who would like to comment to take this opportunity.’

Extra leaflets about the farm have also been sent to local residents after The News revealed just 13 letters had been posted to neighbours.

Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘The standard process of writing to only people who live next to the site was not enough. I have asked for several hundred leaflets to be delivered in the Stubbington and Fareham area and for these extra exhibitions to be put on. This is to make sure that people have ample opportunity to make their views known.’

Norman Pasley, from Friends of the Earth, said: ‘These extra exhibitions are a good thing if they bring out the people that support the solar farm as well. We hope to be at the exhibitions to make sure that the correct information is given out. People who support the farm need to show their support.’

Phil Turnbull, a Stubbington resident, added: ‘The publicity generated from The News has forced the council’s hand into these exhibitions. People need to be aware of the impact that this solar farm will have on the environment – it will be devastating.

‘Perhaps they can produce an artist’s impression of the farm. So far, nobody knows what it will actually look like.’

Cllr Woodward added: ‘People need to understand that it is not a choice between housing and a solar farm. Housing will not be built if the solar farm does not go ahead.’

Exhibitions will be held on:

· Monday, December 10, 12.30pm until 7pm at Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, Stubbington.

· Tuesday, December 11, 12.30pm until 7.30pm at Fareham College, Bishopsfield Road, Fareham.

· Thursday, December 13 at 12.30pm until 4.30pm at Stubbington Methodist Church, Mays Lane, Stubbington.

The planning application can be seen at fareham.gov.uk.