Corby council to drop £38m solar farm plan

A solar farm in a field The solar farm was being planned for a "large area" of low-grade agricultural land

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A council is set to pull out of a £38m solar farm scheme on a "large area" of low-grade agricultural land.

The scheme in Corby, Northamptonshire, would have been one of the largest undertaken by a council.

Corby Borough Council was looking at developing the solar farm with not-for-profit firm Electric Corby.

However, a report to the council's One Corby policy committee recommends it should pull out of the scheme because of the financial risks involved.

It said most local authority schemes were on a smaller scale, costing about £5m.

It found: "Neither Electric Corby nor the council have a track record in delivering or managing such a scheme."

The report said the scheme was "far more complex than other schemes being implemented throughout the country".

A decision on the project will be made at the committee meeting on Wednesday.

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