Solar panels belong on rooftops before prime agricultural farmland. And farmland loss to solar developments is currently unregulated.
As part of the Solar Campaign Alliance, CARE Suffolk is supporting a petition asking the UK Government to Produce a Farmland Protection Policy to regulate the loss of farmland to solar.
Due to the cumulative impact solar developments will have on availability of agricultural land, the Government should produce a regulatory framework in the form of a National Policy Statement on Farmland Protection to avoid losing a critical mass of productive agricultural land to solar.
Agricultural land is a finite resource. We believe there is currently a policy conflict where Government seeks to protect and enhance our domestic production to maintain food security whilst also encouraging the growth of solar energy production. New ground-mounted solar developments must be subject to increased regulation to ensure that they do not undermine UK food security, which could result in increasing food costs.
If you feel this is a reasonable request, please sign the petition now.