LODGE SOLAR FARM
Please note that this application has now been submitted to West Northamptonshire Council.
(Application Reference: WNS/2021/0935/EIA)
JBM Solar is proposing a renewable energy scheme on land near to Greatworth, Brackley, South Northamptonshire called Copse Lodge Solar Farm. It is envisaged that Copse Lodge Solar Farm will have a generating capacity of up to 50 megawatts. In order to fully utilise the network connection , the proposal will include battery storage which could store the renewable energy for times of peak demand from consumers. The scheme will support Government legislation to decarbonise our energy system and make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.
About JBM Solar
JBM Solar has a proven track record of developing solar projects in the UK and Ireland since 2012. Our development team has now secured planning permissions for more than 400MW of solar projects. JBM Solar is focused on the provision of clean solar electricity, helping to make a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
Whilst we would usually hold an event locally so that the local community are able to view the proposals and ask questions to members of the development team, unfortunately this is not currently possible given the current situation and may not be possible for some time. As a result, we will instead host a website based forum with the hope a local drop in event will be possible in the near future.
JBM Solar is committed to remaining open and engaged with the community during this process. In light of the unusual circumstances, we’re offering anyone who would like to discuss the project the chance to have a one-on-one discussion with our development team, either by phone or via video conferencing. Please use the form below to get in touch if you’d like to arrange this.
Why are Solar Farms Important?
The National Infrastructure Committee has advised the Government that by 2030 a minimum of 50% of power should come from renewables.
Latest Government energy statistics reveals that in 2019 fossil fuels remain the dominant source of energy supply and account for 79.4% of energy supply.
Only 11 per cent of total energy consumption came from renewables. This represents a significant challenge for the UK to increase its share of renewable energy.
This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes the consideration of grid capacity, sunlight irradiation, environmental designations, cultural heritage, ecology and biodiversity, flood risk and land grading. A variety of technical surveys have or are being
carried out to confirm that the land would be suitable for solar energy farm use
Agricultural Land Classification
A detailed survey of the land has been undertaken to establish the quality of the agricultural land, any future planning application will be accompanied by an Agricultural Land Classification survey.
Ecology and Biodiversity
The site is not located within any statutory designations. Farthinghoe Local Nature Reserve is located c.3km west of the site. Helmdone Disused Railway SSSI is located approximately 3km east of the site. Any future application will be supported by an ecological assessment to identify constraints and opportunities for biodiversity enhancements.
The vast majority of this site is located within Flood Zone 1, the area at least risk of flooding and therefore the proposals can be developed safely without increasing flood risk elsewhere. A small area of land is located within Flood Zone 2 towards the southern half of the site. Any future planning application will be accompanied by a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy to demonstrate the development is acceptable in these terms.
There are no listed buildings or scheduled ancient monuments located within the site. Greatworth Conservation Area is located approximately 500m to the north, Marston St Lawrence Conservation Area is located approximately 1.5km north-west of the site and Farthinghoe Conservation Area is located approximately 1.5km west. We have undertaken a geophysical survey to understand the impacts on any buried archaeology and avoided development in areas of potential significance.
Highways and Access
It is proposed that access for construction and operation will be taken from two points along Halse Road which intersects the centre of the site. Temporary traffic control measures to manage traffic during the construction period will be used where appropriate. Any application will include a Construction traffic Management Plan which will include relevant details.
Once the solar farm is operational there will be very little traffic. Maintenance visits will be limited to around 20 trips a year and will be undertaken by transit van size vehicles.
The Public Rights of Way which pass through the site will be retained and unaffected by the proposals.
Copse Lodge Solar Farm Development Proposal
The main elements of the proposal are the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of a ground mounted solar farm with an export capacity of up to 50MW. The site will be connected into the existing 132kV overhead line and the proposed development will include a 132kV substation.
In order to fully utilise the network connection , the proposal will include battery storage providing a renewable energy to consumers at times of peak demand.
Construction material deliveries will mainly arrive by HGVs while staff trips will mainly consist of vans.
The construction period will last up to six months.
Copse Lodge Solar Farm Development Proposals
The Benefits of Copse Lodge Solar Farm
The main benefits of the development proposed are summarised below:
The site would generate enough renewable power to generate the equivalent annual energy needs of approximately 10,000 homes, thus contributing towards the security of energy supply for South Northamptonshire.
The solar farm would displace the equivalent of approximately 800,000 tonnes of CO2 from equivalent traditional fossil fuel energy production over the operational lifespan of 40 years.
The proposed development will allow South Northamptonshire to play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with local, national and international targets.
The development is subsidy free. Copse Lodge Solar Farm has been designed to be constructed and operated without any Government subsidy. Solar is now one of the most cost-effective sources of clean renewable electricity generation in the UK.
Biodiversity enhancement and landscaping will be introduced across the site. This will be carefully managed in accordance with a Biodiversity Management Plan that will accompany any future application.
The continued agricultural use of the site can be achieved by allowing sheep to manage the grassland within the solar farm. The land will be returned to full agricultural use following decommissioning.
At JBM, we are committed to ensuring local communities become active stakeholders in our solar schemes. In line with planning guidance, we therefore welcome the opportunity to engage with parish councils to discuss potential Community Benefit projects. Our standard offering across all our projects is to fund rooftop solar installations on community buildings, of up to 50kW across one or multiple community buildings e.g. schools, churches, parish halls or other community buildings. This may not be possible or relevant in all instances and we therefore welcome alternative suggestions from parish councils that may be more appropriate for each community's circumstances.
Contact & Feedback
Please provide any comments you have on the proposal in the text box below.
You can also submit comments by email or post using the details provided.
Comments provided by the local community will be taken into account in shaping the final planning application submission. All comments must be provided by 5pm on 4th October 2020.
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