Plans have emerged for a solar farm the size of 15 football pitches.

Lightsource Renewable Energy has announced it is working on designs for two new solar farms in north west Essex, including one on land west of Hawkspur Green, near Great Bardfield.

It claims the 18,392-panel solar farm would produce enough energy to power 1,261 homes.

A formal planning application is yet to be submitted, but Great Bardfield parish councillor Tony Hayward, who has lived in the area for almost 60 years, believes there will be huge opposition to the plans.

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