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  • Will my electricity costs go down?
    No, all power generated from the proposed solar farm will not be generated solely for the local community. It will go straight into the National Grid.
  • Will there be jobs for local people during and after the construction of the solar farm?
    Unlikely, as the developer will use subcontracted preferred suppliers who specialise in the construction and installation of solar farms, and specialised O & M organisations for operations and maintenance.
  • Will there be an overall increase in jobs for the local area?
    No. There are many small businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry that depend upon visitors and walkers attracted to the area by the North Downs Way, eg pubs, hotels, walking tour operators, tea shops, B&Bs etc. Any industrialisation of the landscape will have a knock-on effect for these businesses already struggling to survive.
  • How will I be affected during the construction period?
    There will be numerous issues, including but not limited to noise, disruption, traffic and access issues.
  • Could crime increase in the area?
    Rural crime is increasing in general, and there have been reports of thefts from solar farms of copper cables, solar panels and inverters, together with vehicles and equipment during the construction period.
  • How do we know if a deal with the developers has already been done?
    No deals have been made with either the developer or the landowner. We will always be open and transparent and have published all communications and information on the webpage. We will not take any action that is not in the public domain.
  • I want Old Wives Lees to remain rural and think a solar farm is probably better than a housing development or polytunnels.
    Farmland is mostly protected from development, except for solar. If someone wants to develop land, solar is a great way to crack the planning nut to allow more development into the area. A solar installation would pave the way for more development in the area, not less. To protect the integrity of the village and keep Old Wives Lees rural and not industrial, the best thing to do is object to the proposed solar farm, as any other development on this land would then be highly unlikely if this project is refused planning permission.
  • Surely any landowner can do what they like with their land?
    No, there are national and local planning laws that set out the parameters all landowners must adhere to.
  • A solar farm is only a temporary structure, so what is the problem?
    Yes, it is true that, for planning purposes, a solar farm is a temporary structure; but 40 years is a long time. If you're over 40 now, the chances are you will never see North Court Farm revert back to agriculture.
  • Won't resting the land for 40 years allow it to improve?
    Very unlikely. Concrete piling will pollute it. Green Switch's own website says, 'The agricultural land quality would not be affected by the development.' In any case, food security is an issue right now; we can't afford to wait 40 years to be able to grow food on this land again.
  • I have a question, can you help?
    Got a question? We are here to answer! If you don't see your question here, please get in touch. We are currently collating responses to popular questions, so more content is to come.
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