RESIDENTS in Steyning have shown support for a proposed solar farm.
The Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group carried out a survey following an appeal against Horsham District Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the project at Huddlestone Farm, off Horsham Road.
Co-ordinator Geoff Barnard said 230 people responded, of which 60 per cent were not on the group’s mailing list, and the results were quite convincingly in favour of the plans.
He added: “Though concerns were expressed by a number of people, an overwhelming majority, more than eight out of ten, felt that the benefits of the scheme outweigh the landscape impacts.”
The group is behind the scheme because it will generate enough green electricity to cover more than three quarters of the homes in the area.
The survey also tested views on climate change and the use of different future energy technologies in Sussex. It found more than nine out of ten think action is needed on climate change.
Energy conservation was the most popular future energy approach, closely followed by solar panels on homes, and solar farms.
Wind power came next, with offshore wind farms preferred to onshore turbines. Facking was much less popular by comparison, with 16 per cent in favour and 64 per cent against.
Steyning 10:10 will be using this evidence to back up its submission to the planning inspectorate, which will decide the future of the Huddlestone scheme.