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Major solar farm project receives backing

Plans for a multi-million pound solar farm project near Downham could be given the go-ahead within days, Lynn News has reported.

Community representatives have given their backing to the proposed development on part of the Ryston estate.

West Norfolk Council officials are now expected to deliver their verdict on the scheme by Tuesday 13 August, the target date for a decision to be reached by.

As first reported in the Lynn News in March, developers Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited want to install around 19,000 solar panels and associated infrastructure on a 10.5 ha site in a development costing around £5m.

The company says the farm, if approved, would generate enough power for the equivalent of 1,250 average homes and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 2m kg per year, the equivalent of more than 450 large family cars.

If the application is approved, the developers say building work would be completed within two to three months. The farm would remain in place for 25 years before the land is returned to agricultural use.

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