Norfolk

West Raynham solar farm given permission

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Media captionThe plan is for almost 200,000 solar panels over 225 acres (91 hectares)

Plans for a large solar farm on the site of an old airbase in Norfolk have been given approval.

The proposal for the former RAF station at West Raynham, near Fakenham, will see nearly 200,000 panels installed over 225 acres (91 hectares).

North Norfolk District Council gave the go-ahead to the application by Good Energy Generation Ltd on Thursday.

The firm says the farm could provide power for the equivalent of more than 12,000 homes.

The site has been chosen because it is "particularly sunny" compared with other parts of the UK, said the firm.

Work is expected to start on it early next year, with electricity generated from next summer for the next 30 years.

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