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Sunnica Energy Farm proposed for Worlington, Chippenham and Snailwell

The largest solar farm in the country could be built on the west Suffolk and Cambridgeshire border.

Proposals are at an early stage to build Sunnica Energy Farm, a joint venture between Tribus Energy and PS Renewables, on land close to Worlington, Chippenham and Snailwell. Proponents claim it would have potential to meet the energy needs of around 100,000 homes.

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How the solar panels could look (13276013)
How the solar panels could look (13276013)

The three sites would be connected to each other and the National Grid at Burwell using underground cables.

Luke Murray, of Sunnica, said: “We agree with the government that there is an overwhelming need for the UK to increase its use of renewable and clean energy to combat climate change

“If built, Sunnica it would allow for the generation, storage, import and export of up to 500 megawatts.”

If permission is granted, work could begin on the project in 2022 with completion scheduled for 2025.

It is the largest such scheme that has currently been proposed.

The three sites (13276015)
The three sites (13276015)

The maximum total size would be 1,500 hectares. No cost figure has been released for the project.

Due to its generating capacity, it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

This means that there is no need for planning permission to be sought from the local councils. Instead, the decision will be made by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Mr Murray continued: “We encourage as many people as possible to attend one of our upcoming public exhibitions to learn more about the scheme and share their views.”

Richard Tuke, of Freckenham Village Hall, said he has consulted with villagers and fears how the farm could impact on life.

He said in a Facebook post: "The point was made that the scheme is too large and too close to the village.

"We have listened and acted, informing Sunnica that we will not permit them to use our land."

Exhibitions to display plans will all be held from 3.30-7.30pm at:

- West Row Village Hall (July 11)

- Fordham Victoria Hall (July 17)

- The Beeches, Isleham (July 19)

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