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Green energy for 20,000 homes could be approved as solar farm plans are tabled

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Plans for a solar farm in Fakenham Magna are in the pipeline after a planning application was submitted to West Suffolk Council.

The first stages of the planning application were put forward on March 12, with the development pencilled in for a substantial area of land north of RAF Honington on Euston Road.

The planned solar farm will include an access route, cable routes and associated infrastructure, along with mounted solar units.

Environmental aspects of the plans are already being considered for the site, if approved.

The application was made on behalf of Island Green Power, which described the Euston Solar Farm project as one of the most efficient solar generation sites in the country.

They added: “The site is expected to generate enough power for more than 20,000 homes saving in excess of 30,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

“A public consultation will be held before the planning application is submitted as we always welcome local feedback at that stage.”

If the plans are approved, work will commence next year, barring delays due to coronavirus, and will last for four to six months.

Rob Williams, Honington Parish Council chairman, said that the council was aware of the proposal but had not yet been able to discuss it, but with the government seeking to increase the percentage of green energy ‘more solar farms are inevitable’.

He added: “It is on the north side of the airfield and out of sight from the roads, so I am very confident we will have no objections to the plan.”

West Suffolk Council is scheduled to decide on the plan on April 2.

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