Solar farm plans submitted for Crimplesham business

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Plans have been submitted to build a solar farm close to a West Norfolk village.

The Pall Ring Company wants to install 820 solar panels and an inverter hut at its site in Downham Road, Crimplesham.

It produces plastic components for water tanks on a former RAF airfield.

The firm submitted a planning application to West Norfolk Council earlier this week to install the ground mounted solar panels.

The application’s design and access statement says: “This will reduce dependence on the National Grid, guarding against increasing electricity costs and decreasing the business’ carbon footprint whilst benefitting the environment.”

If planners agree the solar panels could be mounted on metal frames which will be 2.4 metres from the ground over 0.31 hectares.

The frames will be fixed to steel posts and driven into the ground.

The hut will contain equipment which can convert energy generated by the solar panels into electricity which can be used by plugs in the businesses.

The application site is close to industrial buildings and is screened by security fencing and a hedge.

The design and access statement says: “The proposal will therefore will have little impact on the surrounding area.”