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Fakenham Magna solar farm plan moves forward

Plans to build a solar farm on 96 hectares of arable land have taken a step forward.

Euston Solar Farm Ltd, a subsidiary of Island Green Power, has now submitted a full planning application to West Suffolk Council.

The energy company wants to build the solar farm across four agricultural fields north of RAF Honington, between the A134 and the A1088, at Fakenham Magna.

Solar farm plan - Fakenham Magna: Image: Euston Solar Farm Ltd.
Solar farm plan - Fakenham Magna: Image: Euston Solar Farm Ltd.

If approved, the 50 megawatt solar farm could supply the National Grid with enough energy to supply approximately 15,000 homes each year.

The application follows consultation with West Suffolk Council, Natural England, RAF Honington and neighbouring parish councils, including Fakenham Magna and Honington and Sapiston.

A spokesperson for Fakenham Magna Parish Council said councillors were still to submit a full response but there had initially been no objections.

Rob Williams, chair of Honington and Sapistion Parish Council said: “There have been no objections.

It is out of sight and personally I welcome it as a contribution to green energy.

The plans involve associated infrastructure including inverters, transformers and control room.

A ‘glint and glare’ report commissioned for the project showed their would be ‘no affect’ on road users homes, or aviation operations at RAF Honington.

Consultations have also taken place with the the station commander.

An online public consultation last October was viewed 83 times and produced no objections.

West Suffolk Council will make a decision on the application by May 13.

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