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Proposal for 103-acre solar farm near Haverhill comes to light





A renewable energy company has taken initial steps towards creating a 103-acre solar farm just two-and-a-half miles from Haverhill.

Enzygo Ltd, on behalf of Bluefield Renewable Developments Ltd, has requested a screening opinion from West Suffolk Council as to whether an environmental impact assessment is required for the 42 hectare site, spread across three parcels of arable land at Water Hall Farm, in Wixoe.

It comes just one month after a separate proposal was revealed for a 31 hectare solar farm in the neighbouring village of Sturmer.

The solar farm would take up 103 acres if it goes ahead.
The solar farm would take up 103 acres if it goes ahead.

A report prepared by Enzygo said: “The proposed development is expected to generate in the region of 35MW of renewable energy and will generate sufficient electricity annually to provide for the needs of approximately 8,100 households per annum and will save in the region of 5,500 tonnes of CO2 per annum; which is

the equivalent to taking 3,500 cars off the road.”

An Agricultural Land Classification survey in March 2021, added the report, found that only 30 per cent of the land offered the ‘best and most versatile’ soils.

The proposed site of the solar farm in Wixoe (marked with a red boundary). Map: © Crown copyright
The proposed site of the solar farm in Wixoe (marked with a red boundary). Map: © Crown copyright

The report added: “This development would not have an impact on the loss of the ‘best and most versatile’ soils and the proposed development is fully reversible.”

The solar panels would be about three metres above ground and a substation, connecting the solar farm to the National Electricity Grid, would also be built.

Duncan Howlett, the chairman of Wixoe Parish Meeting, said the village had been given 14 days to comment on the proposal, adding “I’m going to ask for an extension to this because we only have parish meetings twice a year and the next one is in April, so I’m going to have to call an extra meeting.”

Mr Howlett has arranged for a public meeting about the proposal to take place at St Leonard’s Church, Wixoe, at 7pm on Thursday, February 2 for village residents and invited guests only