Forty-acre solar farm planned for land off High Dyke near Grantham

Solar farm.

Solar farm.

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An application for a solar farm covering 40 acres east of High Dyke, Woodnook, has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

Last week, applicant IGP Solar Plant Number 4 Limited submitted a full planning application for the ground-mounted solar farm at the site west of Boothby Great Wood.

As well as 19,584 solar panels, the development would include associated infrastructure in the form a two-metre high perimeter fence, 27 CCTV cameras at a height of 2.5m, four inverters, four transformers, a control room and a distribution network operator cabinet connecting the underground grid connection cables to the network.

The site is currently three agricultural fields and if approved construction is expected to last three months. Access would be via Hell Lane which leads off the High Dyke, or B6403.

In the plans submitted to SKDC, the applicant stated that at its peak the solar farm’s capacity would equate to the energy consuption of 1,500 homes. They intend to operate the site as a solar farm for 25 years, after which it would be converted back to agricultural use.