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An important message from Freckenham Parish Council about the Sunnica solar and battery storage planning application
Thank you to all who registered by the 17th March 2022
More than 1350 registrations are now visible on the Planning Inspectorate website; search for “Planning Inspectorate Sunnica” and select the “Relevant Representations” tab, or use this link.
The full Development Consent Order (DCO) application by Sunnica has been published online on the Planning Inspectorate website; search for “Planning Inspectorate Sunnica” and select the “Documents” tab, or use this link.
Can I submit more detailed comments later?
Did the Parish Council Make a Relevant Representation?
Who can I talk to about this?
What is the Sunnica scheme?
The proposal covers solar photovoltaic generating panels and electrical battery storage technology on approximately 2800 acres of farmland around Worlington, Freckenham, Isleham, Chippenham and Snailwell. Also associated infrastructure and underground cabling for connection to the National Grid, including an extension to the Burwell National Grid Substation.
Freckenham Parish Council objects to the Sunnica proposal. This position has been confirmed by a household survey during October 2020 when 96% of respondents indicated they were against the proposed scheme as described in the Statutory Consultation.
The next step in the process is called the Examination, which will last up to 6 months and include hearings held in the local area. Dates and times for the Examination and hearings will be published on the Planning Inspectorate website. There is a useful advice sheet about the Examination here
If you registered, you will be kept up-to-date about the Examination, have the opportunity to make further written comments, and have the opportunity to attend site meetings and the open floor hearings. You are not required to speak at hearings unless you have asked (registered) to do so.
Links to further information about the proposal
Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website, Sunnica page
Video from the Planning Inspectorate about the planning process
West Suffolk Council website, Sunnica page
Say No To Sunnica (Community Action Group) website
Archive documents (most recent first)
Withdrawal of the Freckenham Estate from the Sunnica Scheme
Please see latest statement below from Richard Tuke.
Our withdrawal from the scheme does not prevent Sunnica from including our land in their submission to the Inspectorate nor does it stop them from applying for compulsory powers to purchase our land should they choose to do so. We have however written the Inspectorate formally telling them that Sunnica are including our land without permission, they have noted this and included it in their records. In summary Sunnica has no permission to use our land for the project and it will not get permission; we however cannot stop them submitting an application that includes our land although we will make sure our objection is properly noted as part of the process.