A proposal to create a solar farm in Ellough, near Beccles, has been recommended for approval.

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Waveney District Council’s development control committee has been advised to approve a bid from Lark Energy to create a farm south of Benacre Road.

The 30MW farm would have 101,640 photovoltaic panels across 46 hectares of land bordering Benacre Road, Copland Way and Ellough Park Raceway, with Ellough Wood and Hulver Road.

The parish councils of Worlingham, Ellough, Mutford and Henstead all raised objections to the scheme, with concerns on the visual impact, road infrastructure and proximity to the airfield. However, North Cove and the town council of Beccles pledged their support.

The application originally included land north of Benacre road, between the road and the runway to Ellough airfield, but this was removed.

Last month the district council committee asked for an area to the south of a turkey farm to be removed, but Lark Energy have said they are unwilling to do this. Despite this, a report to the committee has recommended approval.

It says it will be a “significant development” and that the benefit of the renewal energy would outweigh the landscape impact.

The committee meet at Lowestoft Town Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

8 comments

  • sizewell is not only a blot on the landscape, it is a peril for future generations....unlike solar panels, which wont harm anyone by radiation

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    siouxie twig

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • There is more radiation released in a single year, in the form of radon, from coal mining, than a nuclear power station em its. off course its a pressurised water reactor which is inefficient, dangerous, dependent on cooling water and safe disposal facilities. Thorium MSR reactors burn nuclear waste, in molten salt reactions, all sorts of nuclear waste, they could keep us going for near enough 1000 years, produce electricity and steam in a reactor that does not produce plutonium, but gets rid of the waste we already posses and have to look after at great costs. To use one's privileged position to favour a certain development at the detriment to many others, is not at all Green, but anti social.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • sizewell is not only a blot on the landscape, it is a peril for future generations....unlike solar panels, which wont harm anyone by radiation

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    siouxie twig

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Such a large development, hastily put together to benefit from the more reasonable taxpayers subsidy before April cut off date when it is halved, this should be rejected and postponed until after April. I know it is vital to keep one's landed gentry to the customs they're attired to, but making a living of tax subsidies can surely not be part of this so called renewable energy project. In my view it does not outweigh the objections stated by some parish councils and objectors. If those applicants really want to show that 'we are all in it together', now is their chance, re-apply after April's deadline and show you also care for public finances.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • This is entirely in tune with the useless, dishonest and incompetent planning department of the rotten Waveney District Council. If anyone raises the slightest objection, then it is almost certain that WDC will approve it. I have learnt this to my cost with development near where I live, and where my conclusions are that the planners cannot read plans, or well-considered (and polite) letters of objection; and must thus be either "nobbled" or not up to the job. So much for "Localism".

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    T Doff

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • I am sure there is nothing for the objectors to worry about. Although not mentioned in the article, I feel confident that their MP, Peter Aldous, is busy behind the scenes pulling strings and calling in favours to ensure the right decision is taken.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • That's right North Cove and Beccles, you get right behind plunging more people into fuel poverty to pay for the profits of greedy green energy subsidy speculators.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Another monster blot on the landscape, and then people complain about one wind turbine, hypocrisy at its best.

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    Mr T

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

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