Huge solar farm plan unveiled by Lark Energy

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Plans have been drawn up to create a huge solar energy farm on a countryside alongside the A1.

Lark Energy is hoping to use a 74-acre site opposite Wittering village to create the energy farm.

Now representatives of planning consultants DLP, acting on behalf of Bourne-based Lark Energy, have asked Peterborough City Council if an environmental impact assessment should be carried out on the site to accompany a planning application.

The plans involve the construction of a number of panels that would generate 13MW of electricity.

The application will also include a request to put down a secure connection to the national grid network.

Neil Osborn, senior director with DLP, said: “We consider the proposed development is not in a sensitive area and the effects of the proposed development are unlikely to raise significant environmental impacts either in the construction or operational phase.”

The proposed farm will include solar panels mounted on metal frames set into the ground to a height of 1.5 metres in rows.

Security fencing and CCTV cameras will also be put around the site’s perimeter.

It is expected that construction will take 16 weeks to complete, with access to the site off Wittering Ford Road which connects to the A1.

Mr Osborn added: “The proposed site is used for agricultural crop growing and is not considered to be of high ecological value. The site is not situated within a known heritage or archaeological protection area.”

Coun John Holdich, one of the Wittering representatives on the city council, said: “I have not seen any detailed plans for this but in principle I am in favour.

“We have got to start generating energy from renewable sources but I hope the firm will make sure it takes the local community with it on this matter. There may have to be some action taken to stop any glare from the panels impacting on motorists on the A1.”

Lark Energy has also been granted planning permission to create a 38,544 panel farm on land near Pit Lane, Ketton.

Other energy companies have revealed early plans for a 74-acre solar park off South Fen Road, near Bourne and a 40-acre development, near Thurlby.