Solar farm plans get backing

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A PLANNED £12million solar farm has been given the backing of Bourne town councillors.

Members of Bourne Town Council’s highways and planning committee backed Lark Energy’s application to install panels on the 35-acre site at Limes Farm in Spalding Road at a meeting last Tuesday.

Their vote came despite concerns from farmer Neville Bish, who owns the neighbouring Masons Farm.

He said: “It is the wrong site for a solar farm. This proposal seems very attractive but it has got many negatives.

“It is Grade Two farm land and the production lost on this land is paramount to the area. It is highly fertile and two metres below sea level.

“It is also fog and frost prone and the solar farm would be affected by this.”

Lark Energy, part of the Larkfleet Group based in the town, hopes to install the ground-mounted photovoltaic panels to generate power from the panels to feed into the National Grid.

Coun Kirsty Roach said: “We, as Bourne Town Council, should be actively supporting renewable energy. I wholeheartedly support it.”

The majority of councillors on the committee voted in favour of the plans and they will be recommending them for approval by South Kesteven District Council.