Photovoltaics installation firm INRG Solar has won the go ahead for a 16MW solar park on the site of a disused World War II airfield in Buckinghamshire.

Aylesbury Vale District Council planners have given approval for the facility, which would extend to 35 hectares at the western end of Turweston Airfield near Brackley.

The council said that the site was well shielded by trees and bushes and that the harm to the environment would be low.

A report prepared by council officers said: “…landscape value is considered low in its present form and it is therefore considered the proposed change would not result in a significant degree of harm to its landscape value”.

This development will generate enough electricity for 4,000 homes in the area saving over 3,000 tonnes of carbon each year, the firm said.

The decision to grant approval was made by council planners after the decision was delegated to them by councillors.

The western end of the site still operates as a civil aerodrome.

David Dean, commercial manager for INRG Solar said that the firm has a pipeline of more than 300MW of solar farms in the UK which it hopes to develop over the next two years.