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County council says Lincolnshire an 'easy target' for solar developers after plans unveiled for Mallard Pass Solar Farm, near Stamford

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Lincolnshire County Council has said that plans for a new 880-hectare solar farm near Essendine show the county is seen as an 'easy target' for giant solar developments.

Initial plans were unveiled today (Thursday) for the Mallard Pass Solar Farm which would be sited either side of the East Coast Main Line and fall into both Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Windel Energy claims it would provide power for up 92,000 homes or the equivalent need for Rutland and South Kesteven combined.

The proposed 880-hectare site for Mallard Pass Solar Farm. Picture: Mallard Pass Solar Farm Limited
The proposed 880-hectare site for Mallard Pass Solar Farm. Picture: Mallard Pass Solar Farm Limited

A first consultation stage for communities to put forward their views was also opened today and runs until Thursday, December 16.

According to the county council, the announcement re-enforces warnings from councillors that Lincolnshire is being seen as an easy target for these types of developments, and urged residents to have their say on whether they progress.

The statement said the county council was aware of five similar proposals on agricultural land in Lincolnshire, all classed as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects which means they will ultimately be decided by the Secretary of State.


Coun Colin Davie, executive councillor for environment and strategic planning at LCC, said: “Lincolnshire’s agricultural land has the capacity to make a significant contribution to the UK’s food security, so I will be asking developers to demonstrate the benefits and costs of their proposals in terms of the additional carbon output from the import of food that could have been produced on this land.

“It’s important that all local authorities, as consultees, make sure our residents' views are heard about the plans as the scale and size of the proposals are truly enormous.”

Lincolnshire County Council expects to formally consider the proposals next spring.

For more information on the Mallard Pass proposals, click here.

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