Lincoln

Developers submit plans for 97 hectare solar farm in Branston

Plans have been submitted for a 97 hectare solar farm to be built in Branston near Lincoln.

The plans, submitted by Branston Solar Extension Ltd, would see the solar park built on land between Mere Road and Sleaford Road, near to the Branston potato factory.

If plans are approved, 188,664 solar panels will be built on the 97 hectare site.

Plans for the proposed site.

These panels would create 49.9MW of energy, which would provide power to 15,000 homes.

The land to the south of the application site currently comprises open agricultural land with hedgerow bordering the site in all directions.

An existing residential development is located to the north of the site.

According to the application, the development will have an operational life of 35 years, after which time it will be decommissioned, the equipment removed and the land restored to its original condition.

Members of the planning committee at North Kesteven District Council will discuss these plans at a later date.

Brantson Solar Park Extension Ltd is being promoted by a consortium of local farmers who have promised to help contribute to the UK’s renewable energy and climate change targets,  as well as ensuring that the land can revert back to agricultural use at the end of the scheme.

Applicants launched a dedicated consultation website, where people can find out more and leave their views.