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Sutton Bridge solar farm plan will be debated by South Holland District Council's planning committee who are recommended to approve the bid

Plans to build a solar farm in Sutton Bridge could be approved next week.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve EDF Renewals application to build the solar farm on land off Centenary Way, when it meets on Wednesday.

The solar farm is predicted to generate an estimated 70,000 megawatt hours, which could power 16,100 homes, and would have a life span of 40 years.

Plans for a solar farm are set to be approved next week
Plans for a solar farm are set to be approved next week

Ward member, Coun Michael Booth, has welcomed the recommendation.

He said: “I support it. I think we have go to go down this route for green energy rather than gas fired stations.”

Rows of solar panels mounted on a metal frame, which would be 0.8m from the ground and orientated south, could be built on the 118.3ha site if planners agree.

The application also includes a substation compound, CCTV and fencing.

Power generated from the solar farm would be fed into the nearby Walpole National Grid substation.

The application could also include a £10,000 per year community benefit fund for the lifespan of the project.

An objection to the application has been lodged by MP Sir John Hayes over concerns of the loss of agricultural land.

Lincolnshire’s Historic Enviornment Officer has not lodged an objection but noted that the solar farm will cover part of the former RAF Sutton Bridge site.

A report to Wednesday’s meeting states that the application will have an impact on the landscape but there are a number of considerations that weigh in its favour.

It states: “There would not be a material impact upon the living conditions of nearby residents, or a material loss of amenity, and there are no concerns relating to potential glint and glare impacts.”

It also states there would be no ‘off site impact on nature conservation’ as a result of the application.

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