JBM Solar is proposing a renewable energy scheme on land north of Halloughton. It is envisaged that Halloughton Solar Farm will have a generating capacity of up to 50 megawatts. In order to fully utilise the network connection capacity, 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 is able to view the proposals and ask questions to members of the development team unfortunately that just isn’t possible at present. JBM had intended to hold a public consultation event in Halloughton in March and we have postponed any public consultation for one month in the hope that we would be able to hold an event locally but unfortunately this will not be possible given the current situation and may not be possible for some time. As a result we have taken the difficult decision to host a website based forum instead.
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 have advised the Government that by 2030 a minimum of 50% of power should come from renewables.
A climate change emergency was declared by Newark and Sherwood District Council in July 2019. 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
The entire site has been assessed as Grade 4 agricultural land which does not form Best and Most Versatile Land.
There are no listed building or scheduled ancient monuments located within the site. The development respects both the Halloughton and Southwell Conservation Areas.
Ecology and Biodiversity
The site is not located within any statutory designations. The Westhorpe Dumble Site of Importance for Nature Conservation runs through the site and will be retained within the development. Surveys for protected species have been ongoing to identify constraints and opportunities for biodiversity enhancements.
The entire site is situated with Flood Zone 1, the area at least risk of flooding.
Highways and Access
Access to the site will be taken from a field gateway at the eastern end of Halloughton. All traffic will come from the A612 and will not pass through the village. Once the solar farm is operational there will be very little traffic. Maintenance visits will be limited to around 20 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.
Halloughton Solar Farm Development Proposal
INDICATIVE SITE LAYOUT
The main elements of the proposal are the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of a ground mounted solar farm with an export capacity of 50MW.
There will be electrical connection infrastructure which will connect to the overhead powerline which runs through the site.
In order to fully utilise the network connection capacity, the proposal will include battery storage providing a frequency response to the grid at times when the solar is not exporting at peak capacity.
Construction material deliveries will mainly arrive by HGVs while staff trips will mainly consist of vans.
Construction period will last up to six months.
The Benefits of Halloughton 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 around 12,209 homes, thus contributing towards the security of energy supply for Newark and Sherwood.
Displacing the equivalent of 827,605 tonnes of CO2 from equivalent traditional fossil fuel energy production over the operational lifespan of 40 years.
Allow Nottinghamshire to play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with local, national and international targets.
Subsidy free. The Halloughton 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.
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 Sunday 24th May 2020.
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