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Senior Council solicitor to address Callington Town Council over solar benefit “fiasco”
A senior Legal officer of Cornwall Council will be attending Callington Town Council's next full Council meeting on 28th January to explain why a proposed 'Community Benefit' offer of £625,000 relating to the Haye Road Solar Farm has turned out to be just £20,000.

Julian Kitto, who is the deputy senior legal officer at Cornwall Council, and who has special responsibility for Planning, has agreed to the request following confirmation that the new owners of the Solar Farm, Inazin, will be making the reduced payment after taking over the application from Sunpower following the approval of the application in 2011.

"It is going to be important that the people of the town in general, and the residents in the vicinity of the farm in particular, are given an explanation of how these figures have changed so drastically. Given the fact that there was strong local opposition to the proposal both from the residents and the Town Council at the time, and the offer that was made by the applicants that could have offset some of the harm that the farm is doing to the local area, the Town Council believe that, as Cornwall Council legal officers signed off the new agreement, it is only right that they explain why this was allowed to happen" said the Town Council Planning Chairman and Mebyon Kernow Cornwall Councillor Andrew Long.

"This apparent loop hole in the regulations which gives no planning weight to any of these offers, has led to similar problems across Cornwall and it is going to be important that we and the other town and parish councils understand how this has occurred and what Cornwall Council will be doing to stop this situation from happening in the future" he added.

Mr Kitto will speak to the Town Council before the Full Council at 7pm on Tuesday 28th January and because of this additional item, the meeting has been moved to the Town Hall itself.

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Published on 17th January 2014.

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