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Sunnica solar and battery storage application
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 current Statutory Consultation.
In early April, the Parish Council wrote to Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council with information to help these councils respond to the Adequacy of Consultation representation. The letter can be seen here.
During March 2021, the Parish Council surveyed residents on the effectiveness of the Statutory Consultation. The survey results can be found here.
The four councils (West Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council) submitted a joint response to the Statutory Consultation. The document can be found here.
Once the formal Development Control Order (DCO) application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, the Secretary of State will decide whether to accept the application for Examination.
Anyone affected in any way by the proposal can register as an Interested Party. There is a useful short video on the Planning Inspectorate website about how to register here
Once registered, you will be kept up-to-date about the application and have the opportunity to attend site meetings or the open floor hearing, but you are not required to speak unless you have also registered to do so. There is a useful advice sheet about being an Interested Party here
Archive documents (most recent first)
Links to further information about the proposal
Applicant's website www.sunnica.co.uk
Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website, Sunnica page https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/sunnica-energy-farm/
Video from the Planning Inspectorate about the planning process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4COj1N0kbfA#action=share
West Suffolk Council website, Sunnica page https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/sunnica.cfm
Say No To Sunnica (Community Action Group) website www.saynotosunnica.com
Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website, Cleve Hill page
Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website, Little Crow page
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.