South Kesteven District Council set to object to Mallard Pass plans
A council is set to lodge its objection against plans for a giant solar farm.
Windel Energy and Canadian Solar’s plans for Mallard Pass have just undergone a second round of consultation.
If approved, the solar farm would be located on either side of the East Coast Main Line near Essendine and would have the potential to power 92,000 homes.
The area earmarked spreads outwards from Essendine towards Aunby, Carlby, Braceborough, Uffington and Ryhall, and is a development so large it will be decided by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate rather than in Lincolnshire or Rutland.
However, South Kesteven District Council and Rutland County Council - the two planning authorities - are still consulted on the plans with their feedback taken into account during the decision making.
South Kesteven District Council is set to hold a meeting on Thursday next week (August 11) to discuss the Mallard Pass plans.
Officers have drawn up a report stating their objections to the scheme which councillors are set to approve.
In the report the planning officer said that while the council has a commitment to tackling climate change, the pros and cons of the solar farm need to be weighed up.
Adding: "The proposed Mallard Pass Solar Farm would represent a solar development on an unparalleled scale, particularly for this rural context.
"While the proposed development would make a positive contribution to reducing carbon emissions over its proposed life span, there would undoubtedly be adverse effects that need to be balanced against the benefits."
The report said that before any conclusions can be drawn evidence and technical reviews need to be completed.
The two councils have jointly commissioned the design company Stantec to provide independent advice on the Mallard Pass developers' report.
This will provide advice on the landscape, visual and agricultural land affects.
Councillors will be asked to 'place on record its former holding objection' to the plans.