THE MARKENFIELD IRREGULAR: Issue 30
A NASTY SURPRISE. It had never crossed Markenfield’s mind that it might one day be approached by a specialist land agent wishing to acquire a substantial field in the centre of the Estate, to develop a solar panel farm. The land concerned is directly opposite the Dutch Barn on the drive and could have beeneither 18 or 34 acres, which would then be covered by many hundreds of identical solar panels, all leaning the same way and with the ancient farm land beneath deliberately rendered sterile. The agent’s letter included a list of all the special designations of land which would have made such a solar farm impossible, such as proximity to anything of historic or of environmental importance. As Markenfield farmland was apparently none of these things and was indeed nothing special, he did not foresee planning problems.
The reply was Thank you but no thank you. That should have been the end of the matter; but one must not forget the Government’s determined drive to switch from fossil fuels to the renewable… To read more please click HERE to download the 30th issue of the Irregular.