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One of the UK's busiest airports has applied to build a solar farm which would provide all of its electricity.

London Stansted Airport wants to build the facility on agricultural land in Takeley, Essex, owned by its parent company Manchester Airport Group.

The plans have gone straight to the government and Uttlesford District Council said it would retain a neutral position over the proposal.

A decision will be made by the Planning Inspectorate.

A report to the council said the proposed solar farm would meet the current and future electricity needs of the airport, of which 87% of its power use is supplied by electricity.

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