Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes, Brixham and the South Hams in Devon, has criticised her party’s stance on large-scale solar farm developments.

Wollaston took to Twitter to decry what she called the industrialisation of the countryside. She wrote:

The UK market has seen an unprecedented amount of large-scale solar developments during 2013. According to analysis by NPD Solarbuzz, by the end of Q1 2013, large-scale projects had increased dramatically and now account for a quarter of cumulative PV demand in the UK, with ground-mount PV installations providing over 50% of UK PV demand in the 12-month period ending 31 March 2013. However, the increased deployment of solar farms has not gone unnoticed, especially among politicians.

Wollaston’s concerns were echoed by fellow Conservative MP for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray, who earlier this month asked  prime minister David Cameron to help locals object to solar farms. Responding to the criticisms, the minister for energy and climate change Greg Barker said:

Speaking to Solar Power Portal, Barker warned that solar could lose the current level of public support it enjoys if there are “too many irresponsible large-scale developers, and by irresponsible I mean developments on prime agricultural land that also impact on visual amenity”.

However, in the video embedded below, Barker acknowledged that solar developments on low-grade agricultural land could be “distinctly possible”: