A range of specialist consultants have undertaken surveys to be submitted with the planning application to aid in the design process and ensure the site is appropriate for the proposed solar farm.
Landscape & Visual: The site extends across three fields which benefit from existing landscape screening, within an extensive network of bounding hedges and woodland. We are planning to enhance and reinforce screening on the north, east and south boundaries. A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is currently underway and will inform the detailed landscaping plan.
Agricultural Land Quality: According to the Natural England Agricultural Land Maps, the site is located on Grade 3 agricultural land. We are currently undertaking a site-specific Agricultural Land Classification survey which will provide an up-to-date result.
Cultural Heritage and Archaeology: We will be undertaking cultural heritage assessments, considering the potential for both buried archaeology on site and inter- relationships with nearby above ground heritage assets in the local area.
Ecology – A bespoke biodiversity strategy is being prepared that ensures existing and new habitats are enhanced or created to benefit local wildlife. Ecology studies have been undertaken to identify the impact of current proposals and we will use this information to design and develop our long-term management plan for the site.
Biodiversity Net Gain (‘BNG’) – All our sites deliver significant BNG, and we will wherever possible exceed the statutory requirements set out for this. We will provide site specific management and ecological mitigation measures to ensure on-site BNG. These will be confirmed and consulted on as part of the planning application process.
Hydrology – A flood risk assessment will form part of the planning application to ensure the proposed development or the surrounding area is not at risk from surface water or river flooding due to the proposal and to employ mitigations if necessary.
Noise – Modelling is underway to assess the potential noise impacts during construction or because of electrical infrastructure during operation. There is expected to be low to negligible impact. Mitigation measures can be applied if necessary.
Glint & Glare: Due to the sites proximity to the railway, an assessment will be undertaken to see if there are any effects of glint and glare. Suitable mitigation measures will be implemented where required.