Sunnica Energy Farm opposed by Mildenhall High Town Council
Mildenhall High Town Council members have unanimously voted to throw their weight behind opposing the Sunnica Energy Farm.
At last Thursday’s meeting, members agreed their stance on a plan to build a solar farm on a 1,500 hectare area that straddles three sites in Worlington, Chippenham and Snailwell.
Sunnica is a joint venture between Tribus Energy and PS Renewables – and would have potential to provide renewable energy to the needs of around 100,000 homes.
Because of its scale, the decision on whether to proceed with plans will be made by central government.
However, local opinion and the view of the high town council is being sought as part of the consultation process. Work could begin in 2022 and completed in 2025.
Cllr Brian Sulman said: “This would be built on arable land, not heath land. I am in favour of solar panels, but not for them to be built on land that could be used for farming. We should object in the strongest possible terms.”
Cllr Jane Busuttil, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Cllr Ruth Bowman, said: “It is a huge project and we will see an increase of traffic in Mildenhall.”
Her husband Louis Busuttil, a Tory county councillor for Mildenhall, also provided comment as a guest.
He said: “In terms of community, it could be devastating for the residents of Worlington and Freckenham.
“It will be on land all around the houses. The residents of these villages will wake up in the morning and will not see farmland – but will look out on to the sheets of glass at the solar farm. I am against it.”
Also, at the meeting – which was the last until September – the council heard work on the Mildenhall Hub is ‘progressing well’.
This £39 million project will bring together a new school, swimming pool and library under one roof. Construction began in March.
Louis Busuttil’s report to the authority also celebrated a u-turn on a plan to merge Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall with its sister Beck Row Primary Academy.
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