Rethink after controversy over solar farm on edge of Norwich

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, who has questioned plans for a solar farm near Trowse.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, who has questioned plans for a solar farm near Trowse. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Developers behind a proposed solar farm on the edge of Norwich have put forward new plans for access to the site, after controversy over lorries rolling through villages.

The land earmarked for a solar farm, off White Horse Lane, Trowse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The land earmarked for a solar farm, off White Horse Lane, Trowse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Plans, for land near Trowse, have been lodged with South Norfolk Council by London-based IGP Solar Plant Number 5 Ltd.

The company wants to put a solar farm on 117 acres of land in fields bounded by the A146 to the north, the A47 to the east, White Horse Lane to the west and Stoke Road to the south.

But the proposal sparked objections. Bixley Parish Council, Caistor St Edmund Parish Council, Poringland Parish Council and Trowse with Newton Parish Council all wrote to South Norfolk Council urging the application's rejection.

Many of the concerns were about the prospect of lorries trundling through Trowse and Stoke Holy Cross while the solar farm is installed. That was a worry echoed by Stoke Holy Cross Primary School.


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Richard Bacon, South Norfolk MP, also raised his concerns.

He said: 'It is clear that any access to the proposed site faces insurmountable issues of inadequate road access and that Trowse residents are already being asked to accept a great deal of additional development.'

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Norfolk County Council's highways department said, with up to 500 deliveries during the two to three months of construction, it would be 'unacceptable' for lorries to travel through Trowse and called for an alternative route to be found.

The developers have put forward a tweaked scheme, which would see access to the site via the Bungay Road and on to a farm access track off Stoke Road.

Documents lodged with the district council by the developer's agents Lanpro, state: 'Discussions held with Norfolk County Council indicate that the selected access route has its merits, not least removing the need for vehicles to travel 11km on public highways through the villages of Stoke Holy Cross and Caistor St Edmund.'

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