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Meeting on 26th November with Matt Hancock

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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.

Latest news

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.

 What's next?

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.

  • If the application is accepted, the public has 28 days to register as an Interested Party in order to present their views directly to the Planning Inspectorate. The public is also able to make a written response to the proposal at that time. Please be ready to respond to this deadline, details will be posted here and on social media.
  • If the application is not accepted, it is likely that there would be further Statutory Consultation by Sunnica.

 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

Little Crow Solar Park | National Infrastructure Planning (planninginspectorate.gov.uk)




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.