A solar farm to harvest the sun’s energy and produce electricity for 15,000 households is proposed for a farmer’s field off the A1 near Grantham.

Hundreds of photovoltaic panels, known as solar panels, would be installed at the 232 acre site at Bypass Farm, Foston, to create 49.9 MW of clean energy for the local grid.

The project is earmarked for what is said to be poorer quality farmland in a remote location hidden by hedges.

Estate agent Savills is preparing a planning application on behalf of its client to operate the set-up for a “temporary period of 40 years”.

A spokesperson for Savills said: “The site is relatively flat and not constrained by environmental designations.

“The scheme will not therefore cause any unacceptable visual harm and will be largely hidden behind hedges.

“It is also poorer quality farmland. Due to the amount of land needed, the scheme cannot fit in an urban area and requires a countryside location.

“There are also no immediate neighbouring residential properties and the site is generally well screened.

“Importantly there is capacity on the local electricity grid and a viable point of connection nearby. This site is therefore very well suited to the proposed development.”

Savills says the land is grade 3B or lower and is therefore poorer agricultural land with lower yield than “best and most versatile land”.

“The scheme also represents farm diversification for the landowner and an important, stable ground rental income stream that will support the farm and help it to remain viable in challenging economic times,” the spokesperson added.

“The site will also be grazed by sheep and as such will still produce an agricultural yield.

“The scheme is temporary and will eventually be removed completely from the site allowing the site to return to open farmland with a positive legacy of biodiversity enhancements.”

People can discover more about the proposal and have their say by visiting http://bypassfarmsolar.com/

Savills says there will be further opportunities for the public to submit comments one a planning application has been submitted to South Kesteven Distrct Council.

Source: LicolnshireLive

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