Solar farm capable of powering over 12,000 homes recommended for green light in Bassetlaw


A solar farm capable of powering more than 12,000 homes on the national grid could be given the green light in Bassetlaw next week.

Labour-led Bassetlaw District Council will review the plans, near Bumble Bee Farm, Saundby, at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday July 6.

Committee advisors are recommended by the officers to give their approval to the plans.

Council will consider the application for a huge solar farm on land close to the Bumble Bee farm site on Gainsborough Road next week.

Documents released ahead of the meeting say the solar farm would likely operate for around 40 years and could save more than 11,000 tons of CO2 every year through renewable energy.

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It would be built on land to the east of the Bumble Bee Farm site on Gainsborough Road, an area of ​​around 154 hectares – around 200 football pitches.

But the documents say that only a “small portion” of this land will actually be developed for use as a solar farm, with a battery storage facility also planned for the site.

The plans were proposed by Enso Energy, one of the UK’s largest renewable energy developers, which focuses on solar power.

In documents submitted to the authority earlier this year, the company said: “Solar farms are one of the UK’s most established renewable electricity technologies and the least dear in the world.

“Solar farms can be built quickly and, coupled with continued reductions in material cost and improvements in panel efficiency, utility-scale solar is now viable in some cases for deployment without subsidy and at little or no additional cost to the consumer.”

The council went into consultation ahead of next week’s meeting, with no formal objections raised against the plans.

Support was also offered for the proposal from nearby Beckingham-Cum-Saundby Parish Council, with Ed Knox, the Registrar of Authority, saying: “[The] the board has no objection to the plans.

“[It] realizes that renewable energy is an essential part of meeting the nation’s energy needs.

The consultation also received five responses from local residents, with two comments favorable to the development.

These comments also included support for a renewable energy supply capable of powering 12,000 homes, reducing carbon emissions and being “suitable to location”.

But three objections were received, raising concerns about the scale of the development, loss of farmland, impact on visual amenity, fire hazards from battery storage and the potential for “reflection and dazzling”.

However, the council’s planning department felt the plans should be approved and said the development ‘will only have moderate impacts’ on the area.

In the report, the authority’s planning department said: “The proposal has clear public benefits, including the provision of renewable energy and a substantial improvement in biodiversity.”

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