Solar farm plans submitted for Snettisham

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Plans have been submitted to create a 3mw solar farm on the outskirts of Snettisham.

Solar Associates has submitted an application with West Norfolk Council to install 30 arrays over a six hectare site in Bircham Road.

The Hertfordshire-based firm says the site could generate enough electricity for 869 homes.

The application’s planning statement says: “The proposal will result in the generation of renewable energy that will make an important contribution towards national targets by adding 3MW of installed capacity.

“This carries additional weight given the renewable energy target and lack of progress towards meeting the 2020 target, based on a robust assessment of the region’s potential to accommodate renewable and low energy development.”

The firm is asking for a 25-year permission but estimates that the array’s lifespan could be more than 30 years.

The panel structures have a maximum height of 2.5m and it is proposed to have a 6m to 8m distance between the arrays.

Construction of the solar farm is expected to last 12 weeks and the company also hopes to install CCTV.

Snettisham Parish Council is due to discuss this proposal shortly.

Chairman Eric Langford said the site is adjacent to the land owned by the parish council on the outskirts of the village.

He said: “We only found out a few weeks ago, which has not given the council time to meet.”