A SOLAR farm could be built on farmland in Old Basing.

Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited has applied to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to see if an environmental impact assessment is necessary for the site at Wildmoor Farm, in Newnham Lane, Old Basing.

Documents submitted as part of the application say the proposed solar farm would be five megawatts in capacity to power around 1,470 homes. It would result in a saving of 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The application says: “The proposal will provide enough energy to power approximately 1,470 typical houses, making a valuable contribution to the energy requirements of the local area. Solar PV is one of the least technically complex and lowest impact energy generation methods available.

“The solar farm will not result in any hazardous impacts, and it does not involve any unusually complex technologies.”