Fiercely-contested plans for an 85-hectare solar farm in Bramley have been recommended for approval.

Proposals put forward by Aardvark Environmental Matters, on behalf of applicant Bramley Solar, a subsidiary of Enso Green Holdings, go before Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s development control committee on Wednesday, April 20.

The application for the agricultural site, next to Bramley sub-station, is for a ‘renewable-led energy station’ which will have battery-based storage, a substation, inverter/transformer stations and a ‘forest school’ and nature reserve.

The development, known as Bramley Frith,  is spread over six arable fields and designed to be in place for 40 years. The applicant says it will provide the equivalent to the annual electrical needs of approximately 13,500 family homes.

However, almost 700 people have objected and a campaign group marched in opposition over the Easter weekend.

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