Company looks at site for 1.6mw of solar power

Proposed solar power farm site at Rushbrooke'' �2013 DigitalGlobe, Getmapping plc, Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky, Map data,Google
Proposed solar power farm site at Rushbrooke'' �2013 DigitalGlobe, Getmapping plc, Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky, Map data,Google
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A renewable energy company is looking at the possibility of creating a 25 hectare solar power farm on the edge of Bury St Edmunds.

British Renewables says the proposal is in ‘really early stages’ but it has written to the handful of homes around the site at Rushbrooke to sound out local views. They say the site may change before planning permission is sought.

Among those are Vera and Phillip Gadbury whose home on Rushbrooke Lane backs onto the site. Mrs Gadbury said: “I’m concerned with the views coming into Bury and from the town. Bury is such an old historic town and this is comparatively close.”

Mr Gadbury said part of the site slopes down towards Rushbrooke Lane and would be visible from there and the A134.

But a spokesperson for British Renewables said their planners felt the finished farm would not be visible from the town. She added: “The panels are only about 2.5 metres tall, so are easily screened.”