£12m solar park plan passed

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A £12MILLION solar energy farm will be built in Bourne despite opposition from a local landowner.

South Kesteven District Council approved plans last Tuesday for Lark Energy to install solar panels on a site on Spalding Road.

Members approved the plans by 12 votes to four but Neville Bish, who owns neighbouring Mason’s farm, aired his concerns at the meeting.

He said: “The land produces five tons of wheat crop per acre, compared to an average piece of land that produces only two to three tons.

“It’s a real asset to the country. The land is highly productive, farmers would call it ‘black gold’”.

However members of the development control committee said they were keen to bring such a modern project to Bourne.

Coun David Higgs said: “Solar farms produce ten times the energy of oil seed rape fields. We will feel quite proud to have a site like this in Bourne.”

The 31-acre field could generate enough power to run around 1,000 homes and will be surrounded by a 2.2m high fence.

Sheep will also graze in the field between the solar panels to keep grass under control.