Quiet lane could house a massive solar farm


An £8 million solar farm generating enough electricity to power thousands of local homes could be sited at the end of a tranquil lane in Newport Pagnell.

Green Energy UK Direct Ltd has this week submitted a planning application for 30 acres of land at Kickles Farm in Lakes Lane.

The solar farm would have a connection capacity of up to 7.5MW.

It would include photovoltaic panels, boundary fencing, security and CCTV cameras, say Green Energy bosses.

Already the proposal has received a far from sunny reaction from some residents during public consultation meetings,

They say the three metre high panels could be an eyesore and the necessary construction traffic would cause chaos in Lakes Lane.

A Facebook group called Say No to Kickles Farm Solar Panels has been formed and some members have written to Milton Keynes Council in protest.

Planning councillors will now decide whether or not to grant the application.

Meanwhile Green Energy UK’s spokesman Rod Crosby said: “We all need electricity and this is an ideal plot of land.”

The company has promised local schools would benefit from the solar farm.

They estimate 4,500 homes would see a reduction of their carbon footprint by 20 per cent .

The solar farm would be a temporary construction for a period of 25 years.