The developer of a proposed solar farm at Hall Farm in Bridgham is offering a £200,000 conservation fund for the Brecks area should a future application get the green light.
Developer REthink withdrew an application for a solar farm, which would house 144,288 panels across 174 acres, in September, but will submit new plans later this year.
The proposed fund would be administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation. It would provide initiatives that seek to enhance the “special natural character of the Brecks landscape and the species within it.”
REthink founder Pete Grogan said: “We thought long and hard about the best way to make a meaningful contribution to the wider local biodiversity and we are delighted to announce our conservation fund.
“Recent research by the University of East Anglia has found that more than 2,000 species in the Brecks are listed as priority for conservation. That represents 28% of the UK’s rarest species within an area covering just 0.4% of its land.”
“The need for initiatives such as ours is clear and will ensure local conservation benefits directly from a project that also has conservation at its heart.”
Ian Monson, Norfolk County County councillor for the Brecks division, welcomed the news, adding: “Conservation work in this part of Norfolk, rich in biodiversity, needs funding and I welcome the generous contribution REthink Energy is proposing to make.”
Last Friday, the Diss Express reported how the developer had offered money off resident’s energy bills. Many of the villagers have been campaigning against the proposed farm.