The former RAF North Creake Airfield in Norfolk will soon be home to 80,000 solar panels after British Solar Renewables successfully secured planning permission for a 20MW solar farm.

The proposed development will sit on approximately 42 hectares of the old airfield. The site will be divided up into three separate fenced areas surrounded by natural belts of existing mature trees as well as areas of hard-standing.

British Solar Renewables has also developed a long-term landscape and environment strategy which includes hedgerow and woodland planting to minimize the visual impact of the 20MW site.

The developers have also taken into account the heritage of the site which served as a decoy airfield during WWII. The solar plans include markers that map out the former runway with an interpretation board explaining the site’s heritage.  

Commenting on the development, Angus Macdonald, managing director at British Renewables said: “We are very thrilled to have received approval for this project. Not only does it offer an opportunity to generate significant clean energy for the area, but also to balance this with encouraging biodiversity and acknowledging a slice of British history.”