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Introducing North Dairy Farm Solar Park
British Solar Renewables (BSR) is preparing to submit a planning application to Dorset Council for a solar park and battery storage facility area on land at North Dairy Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, DT2 7EA.
The solar park would have an approximate design capacity of 49.99 MW and would generate an estimated 49,500 MWh
of clean, renewable and sustainable electricity per year. This is equivalent to the annual electrical needs of approx. 13,000 family homes. The anticipated CO2 displacement is around 13,000 tonnes per annum. This is equivalent to removing 5,841 conventional cars from the road each year.
What are the benefits of the Solar Park?
The main benefits of the proposed development are summarised below.
- It will assist Dorset Council to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with local and national targets, in addition to supporting its strategy for its declared Climate Emergency.
- The proposed development will contribute towards the security of energy supply in Dorset through the provision of local, renewable energy supply.
- No public rights of way will be closed during or after construction of the solar park.
- New hedgerow planting is proposed to contain and screen the solar arrays from its surroundings.
- This is a temporary development, allowing the land to rest for the period of operation.
- Ecological enhancements including wildflower and wild bird seed grasslands, and a range of breeding boxes for bats and birds are being considered as part of the application. We anticpate that the solar park will have a significant positive net biodiversity impact.
- No protected landscape, heritage or ecological designations will be affected by the solar farm.
- The proposed solar farm will not require Government subsidy.British Solar Renewables is committed to using local suppliers during construction and operation where possible.
In May 2019, Dorset Council declared a Climate Emergency in recognition of the need to take urgent action in respect of climate change. As a local authority, Dorset Council has stated that it has a ‘responsibility to play its part in helping tackle this growing danger while we still have time to make a difference’. North Dairy Farm Solar Park can play an important part in support of the council’s emerging Climate Change and Ecological Emergency Strategy.
Where is the proposed North Dairy Farm Solar Park?
The proposed site is located within Blackmore Vale between the villages of Pulham (to the west), Mappowder (to the south) and Hazelbury Bryan (to the east). It covers an area of c. 76ha and its fields are bounded by hedgerows and streams, the latter draining into the River Lydden to the north of the site. It is proposed that access to the site would be provided using the existing access road to North Dairy Farm, namely Cannings Court Lane.
|Location:||North Dairy Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, DT2 7EA|
|Technology:||Solar PV (Ground Mounted)|
|Size:||49.99MWp design capacity|
|Land Size (approx.):||c. 76Ha (188 acres)|
|DNO:||Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)|
|Land Designation:||Agricultural, Grade 3b/4|
|Planning consent duration:||Application is for 35 years|
|Planning submission date:||Estimated December 2020|
|Planning decision date:||Estimated April 2021|
Request for Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion
North Dairy Farm Solar Park Viewpoints
Preliminary Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
Agricultural Land Classification
Preliminary Flood Risk Assesment
Preliminary Heritage Assessment
Preliminary Noise Assessment Report
Preliminary Traffic and Access Statement
Site location plan
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