Huge solar farm planned for Mansfield Woodhouse

A solar farm is to be built at Fanny House Farm in Heaton-with-Oxcliffe.
A solar farm is to be built at Fanny House Farm in Heaton-with-Oxcliffe.

A 28-acre site in Mansfield Woodhouse has been earmarked for a solar farm.

Plans have been submitted to build it on land off Debdale Lane, close to Burlington Drive and Oxclose Wood.

If given planning permission, it would mean the construction of more than 20,000 photovoltaic panels.

Proposed by Debdale Lane Solar Ltd, it could create up to 5mw of energy, enough to power more than 1,350 homes.

The company says that the panels would be visible from a ‘limited number of locations’.

A statement on behalf of the company reads: “The local community is affected only by the construction of the panels and any visual impact, post installation.

“There are very few sites left in the country where there is grid capacity to develop solar and where they can be developed without causing unacceptable visual impact - the land north of Debdale Lane is both grid connected and relatively well concealed.”

A public exhibition was held at the Civic Centre in June, and the company says the plans were supported by residents.

Construction could take up to eight weeks, however, only one part-time job will be created once completed.