Plans submitted for solar farm on former Desborough airfield

An example of a solar development
An example of a solar development

Plans have been submittted to build a solar farm on a former airfield.

Northfield UK Solar is proposing to build the farm on part of the old RAF Desborough airfield.

According to the company’s website, the farm will be up to 49 megawatts in size, which would provide enough renewable energy to meet the annual electricity needs of up to 14,840 homes and could save up to 21,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The company states that: “The scheme would result in approximately one third of the site area within the planning application boundary being covered with solar panels.

“The area in between would be turned to pasture and used for sheep grazing, which is an established and successful approach on other UK solar farms.

“The solar scheme is designed to allow existing footpaths to be used without diversion or closure, both during construction and operation.

“We have already decided to avoid the entire northern area of the former airfield to minimise views from Stoke Albany and Wilbarston and to focus our panels on the least productive farmland.”

On the subject of connecting the farm to the National Grid, the firm states: “We are still considering a number of options for our electrical connection and will therefore provide further details about this aspect of our proposal as and when they become available.”

There will be a public exhibition at Wilbarston Village Hall from 2.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, February 11.