Solar farm planned on 92 hectares of land near Foston

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A 92-hectare solar farm has been proposed near Foston, in a letter from the applicants to South Kesteven District Council asking whether an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required.

The solar farm which would be the equivalent of 128 football pitches, is proposed on seven fields currently being used for arable farming approximately 0.3 km north of Foston, 0.75km south-east of Westborough and 1.8km west of Hougham.

Applicants Ostenergy have written to SKDC’s planning deparment on behalf of Sun and Soil Ltd and the owner of Highfield Farm to determine if an EIA is necessary to accompany an application. The letter states that the solar farm would be capable of generating up to 49.9 megawatts of electricity, providing power to over 12,700 homes, and saving over 22,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

It follows a letter by the same applicants in 2013 concerning a smaller solar farm at Highfield Farm covering 36 hectares.

Chair of Foston Parish Council Christina Lees said they would wait until an application is submitted before commenting on the plans, through consultation with villagers. Ms Lees expressed some concern at the increased scale and loss of farming land, which the letter says is ‘classed as Grade 3 or poorer.’

She said: “We were surprised at such a big farm. One of the worrying facts is that relatively reasonable agricultural land is being used.”