PLANS to install solar panels in the countryside have been unveiled.

The proposals for 26 solar panels on an open field to the west of a property called Winter Cottage, at Pugs Hole are set to be approved on Tuesday.

The plans have sparked a debate among residents who have objected to the plans.

But planning bosses said the scheme is considered acceptable.

Residents said the solar panels will detract from the rural character of the village, will be visible from the public footpath and could set a precedent in West Tytherley “resulting in ugly dots of solar panels here and there”.

In an official document published ahead of the meeting residents also said: “Solar panels are energy efficient but only on a grand scale, not for a private resident on a greenfield site that will cause a blot on Red Lane and Pugs Hole. Would seem fair and in keeping with the character of the village that panels are placed closer to Winter Cottage.”

But planning bosses said: “Given the intervening distance and modest area covered by the proposed solar panels, it is considered that any glimpse views from either public highway will not result in any materially significant detriment to the wider landscape area. The proposed installation of solar panels will not serve to alter or change the status of the land that it will be sited upon. It is not considered that the proposal will serve as precedent of further development of a similar nature in West Tytherley.”

The panels would be used to provide renewable energy serving Winter Cottage. Planning bosses said the panels will not affect the existing habitats.