JBM Solar is proposing a renewable energy scheme on land at Bunker’s Hill Farm. It is envisaged that Bunker’s Hill 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.
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.
Bunker's Hill 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 solar farm will connect directly to the overhead powerlines which cross the site.
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.
Construction period will last up to six months.
Why are Solar Farms Important?
The National Infrastructure Committee have advised the Government that by 2030 a minimum of 50% of power should come from renewables.
Following the national declaration of a climate emergency in May 2019, Hart District Council have prepared a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, setting out how the Council will become a net zero carbon emitter by 2040 at the latest.
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% 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.
PARISH BOUNDARIES PLAN
Agricultural Land Classification
A detailed survey of the land has been undertaken to establish the quality of the agricultural land. The land is classified as Grade 3b which does not form ‘Best and Most Versatile’ agricultural land.
Ecology and Biodiversity
The site is not located within any statutory designations. The Hazeley Heath SSSI and Thames Bason Heaths SPA lies circa 1.2km north-east of the site, and Hook Common and Barley Heath SSSI lies circa 2km south of the site. Any future application will be supported by an ecological assessment to identify constraints and opportunities for biodiversity enhancements.
The majority of the site is situated with Flood Zone 1. However, areas of land on the eastern boundaries are located within Flood Zones 2 and 3. As a result, sensitive development will be located outside of Flood Zones 2 and 3, on land in Flood Zone 1 (at the lowest probability of flooding).
There no World Heritage Sites, Scheduled Ancient Monuments or Listed Buildings on the site, nor does the site lie within a Conservation Area. It is recognised that the nearest heritage assets to the site are the Grade II Listed Buildings, including Bunker’s Hill Farmhouse and associated barns. A number of other properties, including the Grade II* Listed Borough Court, and the Grade II Listed Stokers, Cowfold Farm, Bartletts Farm, Hadley Dene House and Kilns, are in proximity to the site. The Grade II* Listed Tylney Hall Registered Park and Garden is located c.250m west of the site.
We have undertaken a geophysical survey to understand the impacts on any buried archaeology.
Highways and Access
Access will be from Reading Road (B3349), from the west of the site, for construction, operation and decommissioning purposes.
Once the solar farm is operational there will be very little traffic. Maintenance visits will be limited to around 20 visits per 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.
The Benefits of Bunker's Hill Solar Farm
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.
We have decided to extend the original public consultation period by 4 weeks. Comments provided by the local community will be taken into account in shaping the final planning application submission.
All comments are requested by 5pm on Friday 23rd October 2020.
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