LOW FARM SOLAR FARM.

WEST YORKSHIRE.

Proposed Projects

Boom Power is presenting its proposal for a solar farm on the land located to the North of Flockton and to the East of Overton at the postcode WF4 4BB. The proposed development is on an area of approximately 210 acres of agricultural land with a generating capacity of 49.9 megawatts for distribution to the national grid. The site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process. Consideration has been given to a number of things including: Grid capacity, solar irradiation, environmental designations, cultural heritage, ecology, biodiversity, flood risk and agricultural quality. Detailed studies are being carried out by technical specialists to inform the final scheme design and respond to each of these points.

Project Selection

Project Selection

Detailed Feasibility Process

Detailed Feasibility Process

Planning Application Submission

Planning Application Submission

Planning Application Decision

Planning Application Decision

Discharge of Planning Conditions

Discharge of Planning Conditions

Construction

Construction

Operation

Operation

Project Selection

DETAILED FEASIBILITY PROCESS

PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMISSION

PLANNING APPLICATION DECISION

DISCHARGE OF PLANNING CONDITIONS

Construction

Operation

Features & Benefits.

Tonnes of CO2 prevented per year*

Family homes powered per year*

Trees offset per year*

Car reduction per year*

* Statistics shown are equivalent values based on the potential energy produced from the proposed Low Farm Solar Farm development.

It will assist Kirklees Council’s climate emergency declaration made in 2019 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to align with local, national and international targets. 

The Council’s vision is to make Kirklees completely carbon neutral by 2038.

The project will contribute to the UK’s urgent need to transition to a low carbon future by producing renewable energy to enable energy security and self-sufficiency in the local area.

A solar farm is minimally invasive and allows land to lie fallow which delivers wildlife, soil quality and ecological benefits.

Compared to arable farming, a solar farm can provide the land with multiple uses. Solar farms can support a biodiversity net gain by providing an overall increase in natural habitat and ecological features which will allow flora and fauna to actively thrive.

This is a temporary development and a successful planning consent would require the land to be returned to its current condition.

A solar farm has an average life span of 35-40 years.

No existing Public Rights of Way will be blocked or diverted to accommodate the development.

The proposed development will use bi-facial solar modules. Bi-facial modules absorb the sunlight from both sides as opposed to just one. Therefore, they can convert the light that is reflected behind the panel to increase the total energy production.

The anticipated construction period will be approx. 6 months.

Local highway restrictions will be followed and HGV routing will be agreed with the Highway Authority, avoiding minor roads and villages where possible.

Evolving concept design.

Photomontages.

The photomontages show a visual representation of the solar array upon installation. Please note that this is indicative only.

Net Zero by 2050.

According to the UN, climate change is the ‘defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared’. We have to create more renewable energy.

The UK Government has committed to reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

In addition to this, the Government had made a legal commitment to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. This will require a rapid and expanded deployment of low carbon power, including solar.

BIODIVERSITY.

Boom Power recognises the importance of environmental protection and is committed to operating sustainably and responsibly. We seek and implement external qualified ecologist advice to allow natural habitats for a range of invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and birds to truly flourish. Wild flower meadows around the external fencing, low intensity sheep grazing, bird boxes and log piles are just a few examples of installations that aid towards a biodiversity net gain.

The greatest biodiversity benefits will be gained where fertilizer and pesticide use are minimised or eliminated totally. This will enable flora and invertebrate diversity to actively thrive.

Public Consultation.

Boom Power agree with the guidance issued by the UK Government’s Chief Planner, which emphasised that planning applications that positively impact the country and local communities must continue to come forward.

Due to the unprecedent times we find ourselves in, we were unable to hold a face to face public consultation event. We did however host a public consultation webinar and Q&A session on Thursday 3rd June 2021 at 7pm where the project team outlined the development proposal. The webinar is available to watch below. Thank you to those of you who joined the webinar.

CONTACT US.

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