Large solar farm is planned for village

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A SOLAR farm measuring 12 hectares in size could be built just north of Marston.

Plans which have been submitted to South Kesteven District Council show the non-reflective solar panels will be laid out in rows and tilted 25-30 degrees to the south to catch sunlight.

Panels, which operate silently, will measure a maximum of 2.2 metres from ground level to the top of the frame.

The farm, on Grange Farm north of Toll Bar Road, is expected to create enough electricity to power 1,000 homes directly through the National Grid.

Bourne-based Lark Energy is behind the plans, which will be displayed at an upcoming public exhibition.

Land planning manager Jo Wall said: “We are aware, from preliminary discussions, that people want to know about the visual impact, noise, security and lighting, and how the land is managed, and our team will be there to show them pictures of the planned development and to answer any questions they may have.”

Marston Parish Council chairman Kath Gittins said parish councillors have not yet seen the plans and so could not comment upon them. She did, however, urge villagers from Marston and surrounding villages to go along to the exhibition to find out more and put questions to Lark Energy.

Mrs Gittins said: “I would like as many people as possible to come to the exhibition and ask questions, whether they want it or not. It’s going to affect a lot of people.

“We’re here to represent people in the village, so to get people’s opinions is good. We would like people from other villages as well as ours to go along, because this farm will be seen from other villages and the A1.”

The public exhibition on the proposed solar farm will be held at Hougham and Marston Village Hall in Hougham between 3pm and 8pm on Wednesday, March 23.

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