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Askern Colliery solar farm plan approved

Plans to turn a former pit site in Doncaster into a solar farm have been approved by councillors.

Developers say turning Askern Colliery into a renewable energy plant will create enough electricity to power 1,850 homes.

Doncaster Council's planning committee approved Anesco Limited's plans at a meeting on Tuesday.

Proposals include installing 22,000 non-reflective solar panels in the ground, standing about 2.5m high.

The colliery, which closed in 1991, has been restored by landowners Harworth Estates over a number of years and is classified as greenbelt land.

The lifespan of the farm is expected to be about 25 years.

Final approval of the plan is subject lies with the Secretary of State for Communities, Eric Pickles.

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