Plans have been submitted for the development of a 250kW ground-mounted solar array near Winchester Services off the M3 motorway.

Details of the project, which has been designed by solar energy developers Lark Energy, are included in plans to install 960 solar modules on seven ground-mounted solar arrays in order to supply clean energy to the nearby Moto service station.

Shroner Wood Farm Partnership, the owners of the Shroner Wood land which the farm is to be built on, submitted the plans in late April and a decision is expected to be reached later this month.

While the council has yet to receive any notes of opposition to the plans, Highways England has raised concerns regarding the possibility of drivers along the M3 being distracted by glare from the panels.

Letters submitted by the motorway management firm argue that the screening must be “thorough as planned” and that there must be no direct access to the solar farm from the motorway services.