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Pre-Planning

Solar and Energy Storage

Colbrans Solar and Storage

40MW
Solar Capacity
30MW
Energy Storage Capacity
65,000
Homes Powered
9,600T
Carbon Saved
80
Hectares of Land

Introduction

Innova Renewables has submitted an EIA Scoping Request to Wealden District Council for the proposed Colbrans Solar Farm and Energy Storage project at land located at Colbrans Farm, Laughton.  

The site would be able to generate approximately 40MW (Megawatts) of electricity, enough to power around 9,614 homes and save approximately 9,634 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.  

Innova are currently preparing details which will form part of the Community Consultation Event, which will take place in advance of the submission of the full application.  

Why do we want to develop here?

The UK has committed to becoming Net Zero by 2050, and has a target to decarbonise the electricity grid by 2035. The Proposed Development would support the UK’s transition to Net Zero, and increase the use of renewable energy through supporting the availability of energy to the National Grid.

The site has been carefully selected and designed through a detailed assessment process considering initially grid availability, available land, environmental designations, planning policy, access, and considerations on landscape, heritage, agricultural land quality, and ecological matters.  

We have engaged a team of expert consultants to undertake site specific assessments, which are currently ongoing. Following the results of these surveys, consultation with the Council and a Community Consultation Event, iterative design work will be undertaken prior to submission of the full application.  

 

Environmental Benefits

The UK has committed to becoming Net Zero by 2050, and has a target to decarbonise the electricity grid by 2035. This requires an extra 3GW of solar to be built each year. Renewable energy developments like Colbrans Solar and Storage are a key part of addressing the Climate Emergency. The development will serve a key role in this vital transition to renewable energy. 

Wealden District Council declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019, which made a commitment to pursue effects to reduce emissions for the Council, and for the district to be Net Zero by 2050 (or before).

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Current planning process status

01

Completed

EIA Scoping Submission

Our EIA Scoping Submission was submitted to Wealden District Council in May 2024.

02

In Progress

Public Consultation

Our Community Consultation Event is expected event to take place in summer 2024.

03

TBC

Application Submitted

We are aiming to submit our planning application in autumn 2024.

04

TBC

Application Consultation

The application consultation is anticipated to take place in winter 2024.

05

TBC

Decision on Application

The decision on our application is anticipated to take place in spring 2025.

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The Location

We have proposed a 40MW solar farm and co-located energy storage to be located land at Colbrans Farm, Laughton.

The development site covers approximately 80 hectares, which includes additional land for landscaping, habitat creation, and access. It is proposed that primary access to the site is provided through an existing field access off Darp/Mill Lane to the south-east of the site. A further access point is proposed from the north at Cow Lane, via an existing farm track located within the Colbrans Farm estate. 

The Laughton Levels Solar Farm is located to the immediate south of the site. Beyond this, Kittyhawk Aerodrome is located to the south, and Deanland Aerodrome is located approximately 1km to the east.   

The site has been selected based on available land, availability of a grid offer, and avoidance of national and local planning designations. We are currently undergoing site surveys which will inform the site design, along with the Council’s comments on the EIA Scoping Request.  

Construction Information

 

Access information

It is proposed that primary access to the site is provided through an existing field access off Darp/Mill Lane to the south-east of the site. A further access point is proposed from the north at Cow Lane, via an existing farm track located within the Colbrans Farm estate. 

Specialist Environmental Surveys

We are currently undertaking a number of site specific environmental surveys which will inform the design and further the full planning application. The majority of the details of these surveys will be available at the Community Consultation Event, which is expected to take place in summer 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I view the EIA Scoping Request?

Once Wealden District Council have validated the submission, this request will be publicly visible on their website.  

When is a public consultation being held?

We are currently undertaking site surveys which will provide the information for the Community Consultation Event. The public consultation will be held in summer 2024

Why are there fields with no equipment in in the Layout Plan?

These areas are to be used for the proposed landscape planting and habitat enhancement.  

feedback

Our Community Consultation Event is due to take place in summer 2024. Details of the venue, date, and time will be sent to local residents and the Parish Councils. Prior to this event, you can share any feedback via our form below:

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