Written evidence submitted by Mallard Pass Solar Farm (FS0092)

 

Thank you for contacting us regarding Mallard Pass Solar Farm.

 

We are aware of the Mallard Pass Action Group’s views on the topic of food production and security in relation to our proposals for Mallard Pass Solar Farm and have comprehensively responded to this feedback – along with all comments received – in our Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the project, submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 24 November 2022.

 

As further set out in our DCO application, which will be available for the public to view in the Planning Inspectorate’s website soon, our plans for Mallard Pass Solar Farm would use only 0.054% of the Best and Most Versatile (BMV) land in Lincolnshire and Rutland, and 0.0097% of the national BMV resource, whilst generating enough clean, renewable electricity to power up to 92,000 homes.

 

Further, as explained by Solar Energy UK, solar technologies do not jeopardise the UK’s food security, and in fact are often able to support agricultural production and the environment in many ways: examples include addressing climate change, cutting overall electricity costs, providing direct financial security to farmers, preserving agricultural land and increasing local biodiversity.

 

Thank you again for reaching out, and we look forward to viewing the results of this inquiry by the EFRA Committee.

 

December 2022