Sheepwash Solar Energy Farm at Little Cheveney Farm
Statkraft is preparing to submit a planning application to Maidstone Borough Council for a solar energy farm which will comprise solar arrays and battery energy storage on land at Little Cheveney Farm, between Claygate and Marden.
The site has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver renewable electricity to the grid, helping meet national and local renewable energy targets.
The solar energy farm would have an approximate design capacity of 50MW and 10MW of energy storage. The anticipated carbon displacement is approximately 20,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent to removing 7,000 cars from the road each year.
Following our pre-application public consultation in July and August 2021 with local residents, Marden and Collier Street parish councils and other elected representatives, we have amended the initial proposals. These changes include:
- A small reduction in the size of the solar array on the eastern edge of the site in order to create a further area for biodiversity as well as a second permissive footpath that will provide a link to Sheephurst Lane;
- Two new ponds for biodiversity benefit to the north west and south west;
- Housing part of the battery energy storage facility in an open sided barn to mitigate views from the east towards the solar energy farm;
- The creation of a woodland copse in the south east corner of the site.
We hope to submit these revised plans to Maidstone Borough Council in early 2022.
Sheepwash solar - a welcome
Renewable energy – targets and benefits
In June 2019, the UK government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Their aim: to set a world-leading target that will bring to an end the UK’s contribution to climate change.
Maidstone Borough Council declared a climate emergency in April 2019 and adopted a climate change action plan in October 2020. The action plan explains that the council will “take every opportunity to generate renewable energy across the Borough”.
Sheepwash solar energy farm will not only deliver climate change benefits, it will also deliver biodiversity and landscape enhancements, local jobs during the construction period, and a community benefit fund.
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Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and the leading developer in the European solar market. Having acquired solar pioneer Solarcentury in November 2020, our highly skilled development team operates across 12 countries.
Our vision is a world that runs entirely on renewable energy. We believe that renewable energy can power every industry, every business, every community, every home. It can power progress. It can power possibilities. For us to meet growing energy demand, keep our planet’s temperature below breaking point, and close the gap for nearly one billion people in the world who still have no access to electricity, renewable energy can’t be part of the solution - it must be the solution.
When developing a project, Statkraft manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to submission of a planning application, to ﬁnancing, construction and operation of the solar energy farm. We are committed to engaging with local communities throughout project development and welcome community input to our projects.
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|Pre-application consultation||July 2021|
|Planning application submission||March 2022|
|Proposed construction||Autumn 2022|
Pre-application consultation presentation
Since we cannot yet safely meet in person, this presentation has been produced to include all the details about Sheepwash solar farm that you may be interested to know, from location to biodiversity measures to community benefits.
Have your say
During 2022, we've been committed to ongoing communication with local residents and have run a public consultation on the plans. A leaflet was circulated to local residents to invite their opinion, meetings were held with local borough and parish councillors, and an online survey was shared.
We thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. When we submit the planning application, we'll set out how we responded.
If you have any further comments or questions about Sheepwash Solar Energy Farm, please contact us using the details below.
Write: Sheepwash Solar, Statkraft, 19th Floor, 22 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4BQ, United Kingdom