EDF Renewables’ Cadenham solar site. Image: EDF Renewables.

EDF Renewables UK has been given the green light to construct a 49.9MW solar farm on Tye Lane in Suffolk.

Following, what the developer described as an “extensive consultation”, Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee granted it’s consent late last month.

The solar farm will be connected to the UK electricity grid via the Bramford substation, located south of the site across arable fields.

EDF Renewables has also confirmed that the project will establish a £20,000 community benefit fund, which will be paid annually throughout the projects 35-year lifetime, supporting local social, environmental and community projects.

Darren Cuming, head of development at EDF Renewables UK said that the company was “very pleased” to have been granted planning permission for Tye Lane solar farm, adding:

“In addition to the community fund, we also plan to deliver other benefits as part of the project; we will plant extensive species-rich wild flower and grass margins to enhance local biodiversity, provide further woodland blocks, new hedgerows, and install bird and bat boxes.”

Construction is set to begin late this year and will take between six to nine months