Mallard Pass Solar Farm: General election delays planning decision

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The proposed site for the wind farm straddles the Lincolnshire and Rutland border

A decision on whether to allow a huge solar farm to be built has been delayed until after the general election.

The Mallard Pass Solar Farm, straddling the Lincolnshire and Rutland border, would power 92,000 homes and be more than four miles (6.5km) end to end.

Protesters have opposed the proposals for the site at Essendine, near Stamford, claiming it would take up valuable farmland.

If approved, it would be biggest solar farm in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Planning Inspectorate said: "On Saturday, 25 May 2024 we entered a pre-election period, following the announcement that a general election will be held on Thursday, 4 July.

"During the pre-election period it is customary for ministers to observe discretion in initiating any new action of a continuing or long-term character. Consequently, no development consent decisions will be taken during this period."

The proposed development is considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project due to its size and nature.

As a result, South Kesteven District Council and Rutland County Council are unable to decide whether to approve the plans.

Prior to the announcement, Energy Secretary Claire Coutinho said a decision would be made by 13 June.

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