Trees cut back near solar panel installation on edge of Daventry

An example of a solar development EMN-141011-090732001
An example of a solar development EMN-141011-090732001

Trees in a spinney neighbouring a new solar panel installation appear to have been trimmed back to provide them with more light.

Readers report that trees standing alongside a series of photovoltaic solar panels installed at the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) base on Newnham Hill have been cut back in height.

One reader wrote: “We were horrified to find that the small spinney of trees have been chopped to a height that allows more light to power the solar panels on Newnham Hill.

“We are in favour of green energy, but surely if it involves the destruction of valuable trees, it tends to defeat the purpose.

“Surely more thought should have gone into the planning stage before the panels were erected.

“We have seen many species of small birds in the spinney including goldcrests which could have been on the verge of nesting.

“Many other people have commented on this wanton act of legalised vandalism in the name of progress.”

The solar panels, which are mounted on a series of steel supports on the ground, were given planning approval by Daventry District Council in December last year.

The NATS site comprises of an aerial mast and ancillary buildings, along with a patch of land.

In the planning application NATS, along with SSE Contracting said the panels were intended to trial the technology and provide renewable energy to its business.