A piece of land which was the subject of an auction battle between a councillor and residents, is likely to be sold if the time comes to develop the A45 bypass.
Councillor Iftikhar Choudary (Con, Abington Ward), who acquired the land at Kingsthorpe Meadow, has promised it can be used to benefit the community until that time.
Councillor Choudary donated about 20 per cent of the land to a charity helping unemployed and homeless people to gain work experience.
Mr Choudary told the Chronicle & Echo that plans to build a 28-acre solar farm on the same site would not interfere with the community farm.
He also said he hoped plans for a farm, drawn up with Green Switch Solutions, would be in place by the end of the year. He said: “The land will be available for the charity to use without question until the road widening scheme begins and I don’t know when that will be. It could be five years or 20 years.”
Until then, he said all he wanted to see was a project working with the community, for the community.
Many residents are opposed to plans for the solar farm claiming it would be a ‘carbuncle’ on the land. Councillor Choudary, said 6ft edging would mean it was not unsightly. Tony Rutter, director of You Can Thrive, the charity using the land, said: “We are planting onions, chives and garlic at the moment.
“The idea is that people can come and get work experience and that way, when they go to interviews and they are asked about their extracurricular activities, they can say they have gained team work and leadership skills doing this.
“We hope to plant more in the summer and bring some livestock up here too.”