Introducing Coldharbour Farm Solar Park
BSR Energy is preparing to submit a planning application to Torridge District Council for a solar park on land at Coldharbour Farm, Ashreigney, Torridge, Devon, EX18 7NQ. The solar park would have an approximate design capacity of 49.99 MW and would produce enough clean, renewable electricity to power 12,500 homes per year, a saving of 11,000 tonnes of CO2.
What are the benefits of the Solar Park?
The main benefits of the proposed development are summarised below.
- It will assist Torridge District Council to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with local and national targets, in addition to supporting its strategy for its declared Climate Emergency.
- The proposed development will contribute towards the security of energy supply in North Devon
through the provision of local, renewable energy supply.
- No public rights of way will closed during or after construction of the solar park.
- New hedgerow planting is proposed to contain and screen the solar arrays from its surroundings.
- Ecological enhancements including wildflower and wild bird seed grasslands, and a range of breeding boxes for bats and birds are being considered as part of the application. We anticpate that the solar park
will have a significant positive net biodiversity impact.
- This is a temporary development, allowing the land to rest for the period of operation.
- The proposed solar farm will not require Government subsidy.
- BSR Energy is committed to using local suppliers during construction and operation where possible.
Our approach to consultation during the pandemic
In accordance with 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, we invite you to provide feedback on our draft proposals in the following ways:
Fill in the feedback form that accompanies the public consultation brochure.
Please read through the leaflet and provide feedback to us by way of the free post feedback form that came with the brochure
Attend our public consultation webinar and Q&A session on: Wednesday December 16 from 6pm – 8pm.
You are invited to attend our online public consultation webinar and Q&A session event. The webinar will be a ten-minute presentation by the project team where they will outline the draft proposals. During the Q&A session which will follow the webinar you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the draft proposals with members of the project team.
The webinar will be recorded and hosted on our public consultation website so that you can watch it again or see it if you are unable to watch it live. You can of course get in contact with the project team at any time, through this public consultation page
You can register to attend our online public consultation event by completing the webinar registration form. You will then receive an email with details on how to join the public consultation webinar.
Where is the proposed Coldharbour Farm Solar Park?
The project is situated off the A3124 and is approximately 1.7 miles east of the village of Dolton and 1-mile south-west of Riddlecombe. The approximately 160 acres (64.75Ha) site will be located in several fields
which are currently used for livestock farming. In addition to having solar panels on the site, the proposal also includes biodiversity and landscape enhancement measures, such as the gapping up of existing hedgerows to ensure there are minimal visual and environmental impacts.
- Land at Coldharbour Farm, Ashreigney, Torridge, Devon, EX18 7NQ
- Solar PV (ground)
- Land size (approx.)
- 160 acres
- Western Power Distribution (WPD)
- Land designation
- Grade 3b
- Contract term
- 30 years + 15 years (extension)
- Planning submission date
- Est. January 2021
- Planning decision
- Est. April / May 2021