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THORNHAM: Council urged to approve solar farm proposal

An example of a solar farm. Supplied

An example of a solar farm. Supplied

West Norfolk could be home to the third largest solar farm in the country if a £16 million project is given the go-ahead by planners.

Lark Energy has applied to West Norfolk Council to install 60,000 panels at Lyng Farm, Ringstead Road, Thornham.

Officers have recommended the authority’s planning committee approve the application at a meeting on Monday.

The firm says the farm could generate enough electricity to power 3,500 homes a year if the plan is granted permission.

Managing director Jonathan Selwyn feels the project will benefit the area.

He said: “The solar farm is something that can be very positive to the community as it will provide a large amount of clean energy for local people.

“It will be something that the local community can be proud of. It would be one of the largest projects in the UK.”

If the application is approved, rows of the non-reflective panels, which are mounted on fixed metal frames, will be screw piled into the ground.

Lark Energy, which is part of the Lincolnshire construction company, Larkfleet, is also asking to install 13 inverter or transformer buildings, which will convert the energy collected from the sun into electricity for the local network, along with a substation, security fencing and 30 CCTV cameras.

The solar farm would take 16 weeks to install and could operate for 25 years. The planning report to the committee said: “The proposal would have an impact on the landscape but this would be mitigated by the landscape proposals that have been put forward.

“The form of the landscape on the site lends itself to the scheme and the existing framework of hedges and trees, which would be supplemented, would make the proposal an acceptable feature on the landscape.”

 

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