Planning permission has been granted for a 10 MW solar park near Northwold, West Norfolk.

The 22-hectare scheme was given permission under delegated authority from King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council.

When complete, the scheme will generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 3,000 homes and will have a 72.5% per cent biodiversity net gain.

The application was submitted by Infraland and Boultebee Brooks Renewable Energy, assisted by Lanpro.

Ian Douglass, planning director at Lanpro said: “Lanpro is involved in some vast solar schemes at NSIP scale (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects), but our two most recent smaller-scale schemes (Northwold and a 50 MW development at Euston estate in Suffolk), were both delegated planning decisions.

“If we are really serious about getting to Net Zero 2050, then perhaps the planning system needs to go one stage better than this and deliver on the recent talk about bringing smaller-scale solar schemes into the Permitted Development regime.”

Image source: Lanpro

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