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Plans for large solar farm near Halloughton submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council

Plans for a large solar farm have been submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Cotmoor Solar Farm would be on land north of Halloughton.

A solar farm. (39281602)
A solar farm. (39281602)

The planning application, from JBM Solar Projects 6 Ltd, seeks permission for a solar farm, battery stations and associated works.

A planning statement accompanying the application by agents Pegasus Group reveals the proposed development would have a capacity of 49.9MW

Permission is sought for the farm to exist for 40 years from the moment it begins to generate electricity. The substation would remain in perpetuity because it would be built to be a part of the grid.

The statement argues the site would help meet national and international legislation targets that have been set to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy generation.

The site spans 13 agricultural fields, five larger ones in Halloughton and the rest over the parish boundary in Southwell.

There is an area of woodland to the west that would be unaffected but improved for biodiversity.

The proposed access would be from Manor Farm.

Construction would take up to 26 weeks and, once installed, the farm would need to be visited ten to 20 times a year for cleaning and maintenance.

After 40 years, it would be restored to agricultural use with the infrastructure removed.

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