Cambridgeshire has seen two large-scale solar farm proposals submitted in January 2021.

Axis Environmental and Planning Consultancy, on behalf of Solar Limited, submitted a screening opinion to West Suffolk District Council under Regulation 6 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. The proposed development, located to the east of Breach Farm off Ness Road, comprises a solar farm with an export capacity of up to 49.995MW of electricity located across a 73-hectare site.

The majority of the proposed site is in West Sussex, however, some of the proposed access track and grid connection corridor would be located in East Cambridgeshire. An application has therefore been made to both West Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire District Councils.

The submission also states that the development would be for a time limited period of 40 years after which the site would be decommissioned and restored back to full agricultural use.

The second screening application was made to Huntingdon District Council by Wessex Solar Energy Limited. Wessex Solar Energy currently owns and operates 20 different solar farms across the UK, with 17 being fully constructed and operational and three under construction. The submission detailed a proposed solar park and associated infrastructure across a 43.3-hectare site on the land north-east of Bates Lodge and Peterborough Road, Haddon.

Both applications were received by the respective District Councils on 13th January 2021 and are both currently under consideration.

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