Thousands of solar panels planned at two Cambridgeshire farms
15:25 27 June 2014
Two new solar farms – one capable of accommodating more than 100,000 panels – are being planned at locations in Huntingdonshire.
The first – and by far the largest – would be north west of Abbotsley where Inazin Power Ltd has submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) a planning application that involves 62 hectares (150 acres) of land at Caldecote Manor Farm in St Neots Road.
The solar farm, which would include about 115,000 panels and the accompanying equipment to feed the electricity into the national grid, would be spread across two fields that are currently used for agriculture.
The application suggests the development – if granted planning permission to change the use of the land – would generate 30MW of electricity, enough to power about 6,000 homes each year. The equipment would have a life-span of 30 years but the land would still be available for grazing.
The proposal report states: “It is considered that the landscape in the area is capable of accommodating the development with minimal harm to the character and appearance of the area.”
The company adds that it expects construction to take between 12-16 weeks and would involve about 1,000 visits by HGV lorries and, at its peak, 100 workers would be on site.
A second solar farm – for about 9,200 panels and all the necessary equipment and buildings – is proposed to the south west of Broughton and east of Kings Ripton, at Lodge Farm in Bridge Road.
The application by Econergy Europe Ltd involves 6.3 hectares (15.5 acres) of land and could generate about 2.4MW of electricity.
Construction would take about 12 weeks and, according to the plans, would involved one HGV visiting the site each working day.
Both developments would include fencing, screening and security measures.