Fenland solar farm plans scrutinised by public at Lark Energy exhibition

PLANS for a solar farm in Fenland have been scrutinised by members of the public at an exhibition hosted by Lark Energy yesterday.

The firm unveiled its plans last month for a farm at a 24-acre site off Reach Drove, Black Bush Farm, Whittlesey. It is designed to deliver 3MW of power - enough to power around 750 homes.

The exhibition took place yesterday at the Ivy Leaf Club, in Whittlesey, and allowed members of the public to view the details of the proposals. Staff were also present to answer questions on visual impact, noise, security, lighting and land management.

Jo Wall, land planning manager of Lark Energy, said: “We have recently had preliminary discussions with Fenland District Council and Whittlesey Town Council and we wanted to host an exhibition for local people to see and discuss our plans.

“We wanted to talk to local people about solar farms and show them what the Black Bush Farm solar farm would look like.”

Photovoltaic panels (solar PV) harness the power of natural daylight to produce electricity. The farm would see a large number of fixed panels tilted towards the sun, with the electricity produced connected directly to the National Grid.

Lark Energy is a subsidiary of Larkfleet Homes which is hoping to build 460 homes on the outskirts of Whittlesey.