Solar farm could light up homes

An application for 25,000 solar panels has been submitted
An application for 25,000 solar panels has been submitted

A planning application has been submitted for a new solar farm, which would have 35,000 solar panels, to be built between Great Doddington and Wellingborough.

The application for the two field 16.6 hectares site off The Ridge has been submitted to Wellingborough Council’s planning department by Lark Energy.

The Telegraph reported in May that once complete the solar farm would produce clean, renewable energy for the local electricity grid, providing enough power for approximately 2,400 homes.

The application report states: “This application proposed to create a solar farm of up to 9MWp on 16.6ha of land off The Ridge, near Great Doddington.

“The development proposes approximately 35,000 solar panels be erected on frames in an east-west linear fashion across an area of agricultural grazing land.

“Despite the relatively large site area, solar farms by their nature are relatively low impact.

“The solar panels sit no more than 3m from the ground, with the tallest structure being the single substation building at 4.9m, and follows the existing field patterns.

“This will minimise any potential impact upon the surrounding countryside, local properties and the Nene public right of way.

“The solar farm is a temporary development and will be completely restored to its agricultural use at the end of its 25-year operation.”

The application is set to be decided by members of Wellingborough Council’s planning committee in October.