Winston Green: Proposals for huge solar farm near Debenham are being developed


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The next stage of proposals for one of the biggest solar farms in the country are due to be submitted.

Further details of a new 100-acre solar farm on land in Winston Green, near Debenham, will be sent to Mid Suffolk District Council in the coming weeks.

The council has called on the developer Solarcentury to carry out an Environment Impact Assessment as part of the planning process.

Senior planner for Savills, Andrew Mann, which is putting forward the proposals, said: “We are at the early stages of the development and there’s more work to be done at the site to decide how the development will proceed.”

He said ecological surveys would need to be done after planners at Mid Suffolk had concerns over the environmental impact of the solar farm.

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According to Savills the 21-megawatt farm, which would be built on land to the west of Bakers Lane in the village, would provide enough electricity for 6,000 homes.

A landscape officer for Mid Suffolk has had concerns over the “visual effect” of the solar farm on the arable farming land on which it would be built.

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But Solarcentury has said that ground-based solar parks have “very little impact” on the environment and can be easily screened by hedges and trees.

The ground-mounted solar panels would be installed on the land, which measures about 106 acres (43 hectares) in size.

The panels would be up to 2.5metres high and would be attached to the ground without the need for any foundations.

A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of the year.

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