Plans go in for Whittington Hill solar farm

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A new solar farm could be created in a West Norfolk village if planners give the green light.

Whittington Hill Solar Ltd has applied to West Norfolk Council to install more than 18,000 solar panels on land north of Whittington Hill.

A design statement submitted as part of the application said: “The aim of the proposal is to generate renewably sourced electricity which would be directly exported to the national grid.

“The development would be capable of generating 5MW of clean renewable electricity. The proposal would seek to contribute towards the fulfilment of well-established national energy policies, national planning policies as well as local planning policies.

“It would result in environmental, social and economic benefits.”

The proposal includes 18,920 solar panels, which will be mounted on 2.5m high poles, along with three inverter buildings , three transformer buildings and sub station buildings.

Fencing and CCTV cameras are also included in the plans.

The application asks for permission to create a solar farm with continued agricultural use.