Could Hailsham be getting a new solar farm?

The first plans for a solar farm near Hailsham have been submitted.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 2:38 pm

Scottish Power has made the first steps in the plans for the Pollard solar farm on land south of Mount Pleasant Farm in Arlington, according to plans on Wealden District Council’s website.

The plans say the site is located 800 metres south west of the The Dicker village and close to Hailsham. Currently used as agricultural fields separated by established hedgerows, the site is an irregular shape.

According to the plan, existing hedgerows would be protected where possible and the public right of way route would be ‘protected through the site in the long term’.

If given the green light, the project would be expected to be in operation by 2023 and the farm would generate a capacity of up to 50 MW, the plan says.

Wealden District Council now has two weeks left to respond to these plans.