An application to build a 50-acre solar farm has been submitted to a council.

Solstice Renewables has submitted a formal planning application to North Herts District Council to turn Swangley’s Farm in Knebworth into an 8.5 megawatt solar farm – enough to power 2,500 homes.

The company plans to build on a third of the site, with the land around the solar panels still being used for agriculture and wildlife growth.

A community benefit fund will also be established, which is likely to amount to £8,500 per year.

Giovanni Maruca, director of Solstice Renewables, said: “The site is lower-grade land which has been farmed intensively, so our improvements to biodiversity will make a big difference, particularly to pollinators like bees and butterflies which are in decline in the English countryside.”

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